Here are a few more fun facts about limb loss and being an amputee...
4/11/17: EMPOWER YOURSELF!
As a petite woman living in the city, I had always counted on running to be my best self-defense. When I became an amputee, that all changed. On a physical level, I could no longer respond as quickly to threats -- and I definitely can't run away from an aggressor!
If you're an amputee, or use a wheelchair, or have another mobility issue, you probably feel vulnerable at times -- especially out alone or at night. The good news: you can increase your independence and safety!
I've just taken my second self-defense class, specially designed for people with disabilities. (Thanks Good Shepard Penn Partners for the opportunity!)
Our bodies may be different, but we can make mental and physical decisions to maximize on our strengths. Find a class near you, or talk to a traditional self-defense instructor about offering one!
It never hurts to SHOW YOUR METTLE!
|Turns out, I've got a titanium kick!|
Amputees hop a lot. More than the Easter Bunny, and more than we should.
When I take my leg off, I use crutches to get around the house. Other amputees may use a walker or wheelchair.
But sometimes, for short distances, I get lazy. That's where hopping comes in. I hop from my bed to reach the light switch on the wall. I hop from the fridge to put a snack on the kitchen counter. It's usually no more than a few steps.
Still, there's one rule about hopping I learned the hard way: NEVER HOP ON A WET FLOOR!
I'll spare you the details. Suffice to say, watch out for slippery bathroom surfaces!
And always remember -- Hopping stresses your "sound side," so it's better not to hop at all!
Stay tuned for more Limb Loss Lowdowns in WEEK 3...