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!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Happy Walking Day 2016!
It's been 5 YEARS since I took my first steps on a prosthesis!
On February 11, 2011, Prosthetist Tim propped me up between the parallel bars and uttered those words I'll never forget... Big step with the right. Small step with the left.
I was off!
The road hasn't always been smooth, but I'm grateful every day to be moving.
Today, 5 years later, I'm away at a state educational conference in Hershey, PA. It's an accomplishment -- traveling here on my own -- but it also means that I'm SITTING most of the day.
By 5 p.m., I'm itching to celebrate. Just in time for a brilliant sunset, I escape outside TO WALK.
One mile. 24 degrees. In the parking lot of the convention center. (There are no sidewalks in sight!)
It's too cold to check my Fitbit, and my face nearly freezes off, but I'm determined to capture the day. And to take you -- my friends, family, blog followers, support team, and pit crew -- along with me!
Here's what I come up with...
I'll never be a "vlogger," but I do have fun :)
Happy Walking Day!
Thanks for 5 years and so much more!