Tuesday, November 9, 2010 arrived with a clear early morning that promised to become a chilly, sunny, and typically autumn day. I zipped my coat, buckled my helmet strap, unlocked my bike, and headed off to work. A few minutes later, a garbage truck crossed a bike lane to make a right turn. I was in that bike lane. The tires of the truck crushed my left leg and caused other internal injuries. An amazing team of trauma surgeons saved my life, but they had to amputate my leg to do so.
In July 2011, I set off to walk a thousand miles as an above-knee amputee in my new prosthesis. The journey has held more twists, turns, and detours than I ever imagined.
I reached Mile 1000 on March 30, 2013.
But of course, that wasn't the end.
I'll keep walking!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cousin Tray and I spent
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Meeting each challenge with me, through love and through tears.)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
PEOPLE like my parents and grandparents, sister and brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephew. Friends. A tall, bright candle for each of my trauma surgeons. There'll be so many flickering flames that my neighbor will call the fire department. All you candles… You know who you are.
And when the dust settles, I’ll light a candle for YESTERDAY. I wish to slit that “before” box open and let it know I haven’t forgotten. To look into that whirling confetti mess and sort through those old wishes. I wish to reassemble the pieces before they blow away.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I expected her to have probing questions. I expected to be fumbling for answers I barely understood myself. It was a relief when, in typical 7-year-old fashion, she declared that my new leg was cool, but not TOO cool!
Monday, September 5, 2011
I gotta FLOOR IT if I want to keep up!
So, as I passed Mile Marker 60, it was nice to find a little stretch of road where I could shift into cruise control.
There aren’t too many places where you can get a new outlook on life AND a new leg!
My new leg – the Genium – is truly ground-breaking! It enables movement that most people take for granted -- like stepping over a child's toy or climbing a flight of stairs -- movements that are usually impossible for above-knee amputees.
I stood at Tim's desk in my sneakers and my shiny new leg. I bent at the knees, trying to remember skating positions. "How's that angle?" Tim asked over and over again.
“Any directions?” I asked. He always had at least SOME words of wisdom!
I walked, staggered, tripped, and tumbled as we worked out the kinks. But slowly, instinct began to take over. This road was familiar even though the vehicle wasn't. And an hour or so later, I DID resemble a beginning skater! WHOO-HOO!
And my family, who stays one step ahead of me so they can pave the road just a little more smoothly.
In those moments, it's just full speed ahead!
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