I am proud of myself for suppressing the urge to spend the day hiding under my covers with a bag of Hershey Kisses while catching up on the latest season of The Biggest Loser. I detest not being able to walk. Whenever I am restricted from using my prosthesis, regardless of the reason, I become an anxious and resentful shell of my former self.
who know me well realize that there is more behind my somber mood than
my recent setback. Fifteen years ago today was the final time I was able
to walk unassisted and without pain. In some ways it feels like just
yesterday that I was that eager young woman attending her first
conference. At other times it feels like it was another lifetime and a
Thinking about the ramifications of that
seemingly benign business trip, I feel a enormous sense of loss. I don't
particularly enjoy feeling negative emotions, so today I'm going to try
to switch my internal dialog. Losing a limb was never part of my
anticipated life path, but sometimes wonderful opportunities spring from
Had I not attended the conference 15 years ago, I
would probably have remained bi-legged. I would probably be able to
wiggle all ten toes instead of my just five, and I wouldn't even know
what a prosthetic issue meant. I wouldn't have handicapped bars in my
bathroom and a knee scooter ready for when I can't walk. I wouldn't have
to make room in my suitcases for my specialized prosthetics when I
travel, nor would I have to reinforce the knees of my pants to prevent
the holes that always develop between the top of the socket and the
fabric. Life was certainly simpler with both legs!
However, had I
not been injured and moved to Virginia I never would have met Scott.
Had I not met Scott, I wouldn't have Robby. I know that I'm biased, but I
think he is a pretty great kid! I can't imagine a life where I am not
As of today, I have been dealing with leg issues
for 15 years. So much time has passed that it's increasingly difficult
for me to relate to my pre-injury life. I feel sad when I think about
what I lost, but today I am choosing to be grateful for what I have
gained. I may not have my left foot, but I do have a life that I love,
and I am surrounded by people whom I cherish. On my injury anniversary, I
think I'll treat myself to a cupcake.