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When I was pregnant, I anxiously searched for information on how to juggle the unique concerns of being an amputee with a constantly changing body during pregnancy. Hours of research yielded little information. I recognized a void and I began to toy with the notion of developing a resource for other amputees.
After Robby was born I discovered that my amputation was impacting the way in which I cared for my son. I had to have surgery on my stump six weeks after Robby was born to remove the bone spurs which had developed as a result of my pregnancy. I was not able to walk with the ease of most moms. Again, I looked for other ideas and to connect with other amputee parents. I came up empty, and I felt alone.
My training in special education helped me develop my own accommodations as I cared for Robby, but I always knew that I was "reinventing the wheel." I knew that other amputee parents had navigated through similar obstacles, and I was eager to connect and share ideas. Not finding any resources already developed, I opted to make my own.
I have pledged to be honest and open about the obstacles I have encountered as an amputee. I struggled with the decision to amputate, and I often refer to those issues in an attempt to let others in a similar situation know that they are not alone. Simply put, I want to be the kind of support for others that I felt I was lacking in my own journey.
Although my blog was initially conceived to discuss child rearing and pregnancy after an amputation, it has evolved into much more. Not every post deals exclusively with the issues of an amputee. I am more than an amputee; I am a wife, friend, daughter and mother. My blog is a reflection of all of my roles.
I love hearing from those who read my blog. I feel like I have gotten to know many of my readers. Although we have never met, we share common experiences and have become friends. The purpose of Tales of an Amputee Mommy was to fill an information void, and to ease the loneliness often associated with being a disabled parent. I think we are on the right track!
If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, or if you have friended me on Facebook, I'm sure you know what I am doing to celebrate this milestone. Yes, Robby and I are going to bake a cake. After all, this anniversary is cake worthy!