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Leah Maddox

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Amplify LogoBelow Knee Amputee Since 2013

I am a below knee amputee sense 2013 and live a full active life. I work full time in the medical field. I lost my leg due to domestic violence in 2002. I fought to keep my leg for 11 years and finally decided to amputate. It was one of the best decisions I made. Before that I was in a walking boot for 3 years and a AFO before that. I gave therapy 100% and was able to return to work in a doctors office after 89 days of amputation. And later on went on to nursing school and back to work at a hospital. I’ve had to learn how to walk 4 times, due to set backs. I had to learn a whole new lifestyle and was on my own and raising a teenager as a single mom. I”ve never posted a picture of me on any social medial with my prostetic leg, just face shots. I’m not embarrassed of my leg, I just don’t like the attention it brings. I’m determined to live a normal life. But our lives are far from normal. I remember crying over my leg when I first saw my leg after surgery and that was the only time I cried over my loss. I remember feeling sorry for myself one day that I had to go for a fitting. Thinking this is always going to be a issue, the fittings the final leg it not fitting again, just a never ending cycle. I was so angry that day until I looked up and saw a lady with 2 missing legs and a missing arm. I never felt sorry for myself again. God showed me there is always someone worse. I’ve spent the last 7 years trying to figure out what my role as a amputee is in Gods plan. It’s real simple. Just be me, stay positive and never give up. There has been several times when someone has felt sorry for themselves and I was the one who had it worse then them. But with a positive attitude you can change someones negativity and not even know it.