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.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Confucius.

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!

Mile Marker 3660(?):

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!


  1. Thank YOU... for sharing your journey (even when the posts make me cry), for making it look easy and fun (even when it's hard and painful), for finding an almost-never-ending supply of courage, belief and determination (even in the face of too many set-backs to count), and for demonstrating kindness, positivity, joy and encouragement to others (even when you are struggling yourself). It's been a privilege to walk beside you these past five years, and it will be my pleasure to walk along as you step-after-step into the future! Happy Walking Day:)

  2. Can't possibly say it better than mom lev! think of that picture every feb 11 and remember watching the video that came with it seven times in a row...you've always been one of the best people to celebrate anything with! -- j

  3. Keep on Truckin'. This is another great milestone.

  4. Yay! Here's hoping for continued good socket fit and minimal mechanical difficulties with Genie! :)

  5. Yay! Here's hoping for continued good socket fit and minimal mechanical difficulties with Genie! :)

  6. Love to see your smile and hear your cheerful voice on video.

  7. What your mom said! :-)
    (Clearly the writing ability runs in the family!)
    Love your public positivity and knowing the challenges you face every day yet always find the best in every situation. Cheers to you, Ricki, and have a pretzel on me! :-)