Several weeks ago I was approached by a reporter for CNN who was writing an article on prosthetics, specifically socket art, and wanted to understand my perspective. I was thrilled about the chance to participate and the opportunity to tell my story.
have a limited voice in our society, and I strive to make the most of
every opportunity to portray those with limb loss in a positive light. I
always try to remember myself as I was preparing for my amputation
before I begin answering an interview. Unsure about what to expect, I
scoured the internet for information about amputees who were living
happy and productive lives. Every story I saw, regardless of how
mundane, gave me hope. If my participating and sharing my stories helps
just one person who is struggling and afraid, I'm willing to deal with
my jittery nerves that always accompany an interview. (Of course Scott
might disagree slightly as I'm told repeatedly that I become grumpy and
irritable before each event or interview.)
that I am my own worst critic, always quick to point out my mistakes or
flaws, I have a difficult time watching myself on video or reading my
quotes in articles so I often second guess my word choice to the point of
becoming quasi-neurotic. When the link to the article arrived in my
inbox a few days ago, my heart began to beat quickly as I prepared for
I was expecting to feel embarrassed or unsuccessful--my two most prominent reactions to reading my quotes.
I was surprised when I finished reading the article and felt nothing
but happiness and pride. It is rare for me to acknowledge, but I really
like this piece and my contribution to the topic. I wanted to share the article with all of you. I hope you like it!