This past weekend was a whirlwind of excitement. Saturday was Show Your Mettle Day (formerly known as Strut Your Stuff Day). Although I'm ecstatic that the event has been adopted and rebranded by the Amputee Coalition, I have to admit that the movement will always be Strut Your Stuff in my heart!
It was heartwarming seeing amputees from across the country proudly posting photos of living with limb loss. One needs only to take a quick peek at the photo gallery that has been assembled on the ACA Facebook page to realize that life does not end with the loss of a limb. The possibilities for a happy and exciting life are limitless.
part of the celebration for Show Your Mettle/ Strut Your Stuff, I was
honored to be part of an article published on CNN.com about the growing
movement. The author did a wonderful job covering the story, and I must
admit that I was humbled by her descriptions concerning me. I felt a
sense of euphoria as the link opened, revealing one of my favorite
photos of Robby and me. In case you missed the story, you can read it
The national attention was an honor that I will
always cherish. I began writing with the goal of reducing the
loneliness and isolation that many new amputees feel, but my experiences
compelled me to add another goal to my vision. I believe that every
amputee has the right to utilize a quality prosthesis regardless of his
or her socioeconomic status, and I plan on continuing to push for
While I'm hopeful that I can continue to
bring attention to this pivotal issue, I also recognize that change
occurs slowly. Everybody involved in the prosthetic industry, from
patients and prosthetists to doctors and manufacturers, needs to
mobilize and continue to pressure our legislative bodies until change is
affected. Relatively speaking we are a small group, but we must
assemble our resources and work together. I believe all society
benefits when every amputee has equal access to prosthetic technology!