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In Stride

This is our ongoing blog, where we cover a variety of topics affecting amputees and the broader disability community.

Coming to Peace With the Challenges as a Caregiver

Choosing to Give – Coming to Peace With the Challenges as a Caregiver

Most times we are thrown into the role of caregiver unexpectedly. It was never in our plan. We had so many dreams that now seem impossible in our current role as caregiver. We may scream with our inner voice, “What about me? ...continue.
How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is rewarding but it’s also a lot of stress and hard work on the caregiver themselves. You will need to avoid what is called caregiver burnout. When you are beginning as a caregiver for an amputee everyone’s emotions are ...continue.
Advocate for Recovery

Stand Up And Say Something – How Caregivers Can Advocate for Recovery

What happens now? I said these words to the doctor in the hall of the hospital, on the way to my husband’s room, before his first surgery. An accident at work had led us to this spot, and I was pretty sure ...continue.
Aware That I’m Rare

Aware That I’m Rare

This January I had my sixth child, Ever Grey. As soon as the doctors handed her to me I knew something was different about her. ...continue.
Time for the Winter Paralympics

Time for the Winter Paralympics

The Winter Paralympics are around the corner! This is an exciting time for anyone who could be considered an adaptive individual – whether you’re living with limb loss/limb difference or another “disability” the Paralympics are a reminder of what’s possible when you’re ...continue.
Getting Started in the Gym as an Amputee

Getting Started in the Gym as an Amputee

This is the second in a two-article series about getting started with physical activity with amputation. Our first article pertained to getting approval from your medical team, and examining your goals and motives for getting started with a physical activity as an ...continue.
How to Get Started with Physical Activity as an Amputee IMG

How to Get Started with Physical Activity as an Amputee

In previous articles, I’ve covered various aspects of conquering mindset limitations when it comes to getting physically active and setting fitness goals as a person with an amputation. ...continue.
Amputee Fitness: What to look for in a personal trainer

Amputee Fitness: What to look for in a personal trainer

The decision to join a gym and work toward improving your physical fitness is often not an easy one to arrive at, especially as an individual with limb loss. I’ve been training people (including those with limb loss/limb difference) for over six ...continue.
Getting Prepped for Winter as an Amputee

Get Prepped for Winter as an Amputee

As winter approaches, make sure you read and follow these amputee safety tips for avoiding falls – or falling safely, before you go out in snow or ice. ...continue.
Finding Your Why

Finding Your Why – Part 3

Trevor Bunch blogs about finding the “why” and purpose in your life. ...continue.
Finding Your Why - Part 2

Finding Your Why – Part 2

This is the second in a three-part blog series on finding motivation and goal setting as an individual with limb loss or limb difference. In the last article, we covered some methods for clearing your mind of preconceived notions of “success” - ...continue.
Healing Through Writing

Healing Through Writing

The mind. It can be the most powerful tool and it can be the worst tool. This is something that I have found out over the 29 years of my life. It can take you to the most amazing places in the ...continue.
Finding Your Why

Finding Your Why

This is the first in a three-part blog series on finding motivation and goal-setting as an individual with limb loss or limb difference. One of the very first things I was taught upon entering the field of personal training is that WHAT ...continue.
Adaptive Activity: Hockey

Why Join an Adaptive Activity?

“Let’s go Bunch, you got this! Put that time in the gym to use!” one of my new teammates yelled as he skated by me in this crazy seat-with-skate-blades-underneath-it they called a “sled,” The metal picks on the butt-end of his sticks ...continue.
Conference 2017 Exhibit Hall

Should I go to the Amputee Coalition Conference?

The first time I was invited to an Amputee Coalition Conference, I had no idea what the Amputee Coalition was, let alone what such a conference would entail. I had recently been given the opportunity to do patient advocacy work with my ...continue.