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The stories we tell help connect all of us, help us understand each other’s experiences, and touch each other’s hearts. Thanks to everyone who shared their story! Click here if you would like to share your own story.

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Robert Crotty

I am a 37yr old, very active, BKA (below knee amputee). I am MORE than thankful that I have switched to a clinician that looks out for the patient, and not the bottom line of the company ... Read More
Dave Coen Snowboarding

David Coen

I lost my right leg below the knee two years ago and became an amputee. My left ankle was also frozen. Before that, I snowboarded for 20 years ... Read More
Chris Provenzano

Chris Provenzano

“Next year’s the year I’m going to be out there running.” I had told myself this annually while watching the New York City Marathon since moving to the city five years ago ... Read More
Melvin Blakely Jr.

Melvin Blakely Jr.

When former policeman Melvin T. Blakely Jr. lost one leg, one foot, some finger tips, and a hand to a bad blood infection, the prospect of ever enjoying a happy family life seemed remote ... Read More
Katie Wells Different is Good

Katie Wells

I never would have thought that Fred Rogers in his blue sweater behind the screen would be the one, the only one, who taught me that being different is good, and that if you are different or have a disability, be proud of it ... Read More
Jeff Bryan Climber

Jeff Bryan

In 1991 I was in a ski accident and suffered a commuted fracture of my tibia and fibula. They said I would never ski again. The next 21 years I spent the majority of my free time hiking, Telemark skiing kayaking and rock/ice climbing ... Read More
Brian Surging Onward

Brian Bishop

I want to share a bit of an ongoing success story with you. I would like to start out by saying I have been sober six years now. Approximately four years ago I had what I thought was minor bunion surgery on my left ... Read More
Herb Kolodny

Herb Kolodny

My story begins while being self-employed. I was a computer technician for small offices and home offices. I repaired, maintained and installed new computers and networks for my clients when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 ... Read More
Alex Otte

Alex Otte

Hi, My name is Alex Otte. My story of amputation is a story of many other things, too, but it is what brought me to the Amputee Coalition ... Read More
Jamie Gane

Jamie Gane

I am an adaptive athlete from Basingstoke, Hampshire, England and I am currently working toward the Paralympics for discus, javelin and shot put ... Read More
Public Servant Patrick Scoles

Patrick Scoles

Childhood setbacks didn’t slow down career aspirations for public service as deputy sheriff, EMT, Texas Guard, church leader ... Read More
Wendy Thomson

Wendy Thomson

I have been an AK (above-knee) amputee for over sixty years - that's far too long to capture "my story" in a few pages. There's an entire book on that (published.) ... Read More
Gerry and Denice Kinney

Gerry and Denice Kinney

7200 volts, eight surgeries and nine months left Gerry without his arms. Read his story of “never giving up” ... Read More
Michael Crowe

Michael Crowe

Six months after amputation this police officer was able to return to active duty ... Read More
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Angelina Boulicault

A young Russian girl is adopted in the U.S. ultimately founds Live Without Limbs and becomes a biomedical engineer ... Read More
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Louise Magno

Wheelchairs are like prosthesis: they provide independence. Make sure you ask for yours to travel with you if you are transported in an ambulance! ... Read More
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Adrienne Walker-Pittman

How I recovered from a life-threatening brain injury. My name is Adrienne Walker-Pittman, and I currently work for MTA Mobility. I have a very inspiring story that I would like to share ... Read More
Jackie Riggs

Jackie Riggs

Jackie’s story talks about amputation as a choice and a surprise, and the strength of community ... Read More
Julian: Facing Necrotizing Fasciitis and Amputation

Jennifer Maldonado

This is an article Driscoll Children's Hospital wrote about our amazing warrior son named Julian. Julian was 10 years old when he became ill in January 2017 with Necrotizing Fasciitis a flesh/tissue eating bacteria ... Read More
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Jenny Donelson

My journey started when I was 18 months old. My dad was in the Navy, fighting the Vietnam War. Mom was home caring for 8 kids, me being the baby at that time ... Read More
Emily Burleson

Emily Burleson

Hello! My name is Emily. In March 2016, I was in an almost fatal wreck. Fortunately, all I lost was my leg (above the knee) ... Read More
Joshua Karczewski

Joshua Karczewski

A bit of my story, to hopfully lift your spirits. Four years! Wow! four years since that night I laid at the side of the road, bleeding, broken bones, and dying ... Read More
Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson

I’ve never met the individual, “Author Unknown”, but there are certainly a lot of profound statements from this person ... Read More
Dana Pounds

Dana Pounds

My story of living with limb loss wasn't a choice – it was mandatory in order to live. I've lost over half of my body, bit by bit. Yes, it's been hard but overall I've adjusted to this situation ... Read More
Donivan Leslie

Donivan Leslie

Hello, my name is Donivan Leslie. I lost both of my legs on August 5, 2016 in a motorcycle accident ... Read More
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Darryl Dickey

My honest opinion is, within almost two years of being an amputee, I've learned that people who are amputees aren't respected ... Read More
Frances Osorio Rivera

Frances Osorio Rivera

My name is Frances. I am a below-knee amputee, a U.S. Army veteran, and a kiteboarder ... Read More
Linda Walls

Linda Walls

In April 2015, I went walking a couple of miles with a friend and experienced some discomfort in one of my legs. By October, I had had one of my legs amputated from the knee down ... Read More
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Brenda Roundy

Amputees need a higher level of coverage in obtaining their prosthetic needs because the cost of prosthetic devices has inflated so much that without more coverage, amputees are not able to purchase a new device ... Read More
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Amy Harris

My name is Amy, I am 28 years old, and I am a left leg below-knee amputee. On March 2, 2012, I was in a very tragic tornado accident. I was in a friend’s mobile home and a tornado came through and completely demolished ... Read More
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James McCarthy

I am writing to tell the story of my wife, Alice. Alice and I will be married 59 years this June. Alice had to have both legs amputated below the knee eight years ago, one week apart ... Read More
Ceres Torres

Ceres Torres

Hi! My name is Ceres Torres, I am a cancer survivor (1996) and right below-knee amputee. After years and years of working in advertising, I felt my life was incomplete and felt very sad and unmotivated ... Read More
Jonathan Meola

Jonathan Meola

On May 18, 2013, I was riding the subway home from working selling lemonade at a concert in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Witnesses said I got up, and foggily (traumatic brain injury or TBI) walked out the door leading from one subway car to ... Read More
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Darwin Eckert

Where to begin! My story is just that, my story. I lost my leg from complications with attempting a total ankle replacement. The Doctor ordered the "smallest" ankle prosthetic that they made ... Read More
Dan Lee

Dan Lee

Hello to my fellow amputees and the people who support them. I lost my right arm above the elbow 25 years ago this July in a boating accident. Prior to the accident I was a machinist, an avid martial artist, weight lifter and a ... Read More
Alicia Arrington

Alicia Arrington

My story of living with limb loss wasn't a choice – it was mandatory in order to live. I've lost over half of my body, bit by bit. Yes, it's been hard but overall I've adjusted to this situation ... Read More
Douglas Dahlke

Douglas Dahlke

I've put to bed more motorcycles than most people get cars. I should have learned when one damaged me the first time ... Read More
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Susan Cotten

On November 20, 2008, at the age of 53, I was on my bicycle enjoying a crisp day. An uninsured driver of an SUV hit me, resulting in a broken neck (C2) and a leg injury. I was rushed to the ER where the ... Read More
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Lori Abramson

Synovial Sarcoma took my leg, above my knee, at age 44. A young man's cancer, hmmmm. Anyway, I got through the chemo and I think I am most the way through the detox. I am starting to think more clearly and my hair is ... Read More
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Peter Rahaman

After months of chemotherapy I went to a new doctor in NYC . The first thing she asked was whether I accept that I needed to lose my right foot as the cancerous tumor was in my ankle . I said no. Then she ... Read More
Patricia Ofori

Patricia Ofori

I became an amputee due to vascular disease in 2010 and stayed in the hospital for about three months. I had great staff that was dedicated and took the time to assist, help, encourage and support me. Also, I had calls from Certified Peer ... Read More
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Peggy Preston

Two years ago, my leg was hurting so I went to the doctor and was diagnosed at age 44 with PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease. I had no clue I was severely anemic and had an AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) as well as a blood ... Read More
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Mack Ward

Mack was 5 when he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. He had 14 rounds of chemo, a blood clot in his arm from the first picc line, a condition called DRESS syndrome (can't have many antibiotics) many blood transfusions, many hospital stays,16 long months ... Read More
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Lawrence Shapiro

In 2016, I was awarded a grant from the Ontario Arts Council's 'Deaf and Disability Arts Projects' Program here in Canada. I am an integrated dancer and received training through AXIS Dance in California several years ago ... Read More
Amy Dolphin

Amy Dolphin

My name is Amy Dolphin. I am a below knee amputee. I have three children, and two of my children are also amputees. We have what is classified as "congenital absence of the tibia”. My grandfather suffered from this genetic defect. My mother was ... Read More
Patti Valero

Patti Valero

I was riding my Harley just loving life and was hit by a pickup truck. My left leg took the brunt of the incident. I had a traumatic amputation below the knee. I work for fire rescue so it was my brothers that responded ... Read More
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Vicki Brown

My name is Vicki. I am 56, and have always had a job and been very active with family. I am a mom and a grandmother, and I have always been one to take care of everyone. My life changed very dramatically a year ... Read More
Debra DePina

Debra DePina

Friday evening, December 2, 2016, I fell asleep on the sofa, something that I have done numerous times before. I was expecting family for the weekend so when they arrived late, they rang the doorbell and called my cell phone simultaneously ... Read More
Jacky Hunt-Broersma

Jacky Hunt-Broersma

I am Jacky and I had my left leg amputated due to cancer (sarcoma) in 2001. I was living in The Netherlands at the time and had a fantastic career and had my whole life ahead of me. I discovered a lump in my ... Read More
Brittany Nitzband

Brittany Nitzband

On August 12, 2015 my life changed. Before that day I was an avid hiker, swimmer, motorcyclist, ran in the yard with my children, and more. I was super adventurous, but on that day my true journey began ... Read More
Uriah Steffen

Uriah Steffen

In honor of #LLAM here is my journey! October 15, 2012 I was involved in an accident that resulted in the amputation of my left leg below the knee. I was riding my bicycle to work when I was hit head-on by a truck ... Read More
Mark Rennell

Mark Rennell

I was born with a deformed right foot and spent my first 16 years under the watchful care of Shriner's Hospitals both in Montreal and Springfield, Mass. I had many surgeries and was given the name "Thumper" due to my clomping around in a ... Read More
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Rebecca Thrift

I have been an amputee since September, 2015, when I was hit by a truck driven by a man who was texting and driving. He had no insurance and was driving his girlfriend’s truck with liability only. This insurance only covered $25,000 on my ... Read More
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Tina Selvy

I am 45 years of age my story starts 20 years ago as of June. I was in a vehicle accident and crushed my right foot in a million pieces as the Doctor put it, so as we discussed the next move I went ... Read More
Sean Donelly

Sean Donnelly

My name is Sean Donnelly. I was born without my right leg, above the knee, due to amniotic bands. The following is my story, which I hope will provide hope, strength, and courage to others out there who live with physical disabilities ... Read More
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Randy Olsen

The first couple of years of my life were not the best. I was born with an extreme case of two club feet. My parents did the best with what they had at the time but the diagnosis never clearly identified what was going ... Read More