If there is one silver lining to the Boston bombings, it would lie with the increased awareness and interest in limb loss. I have received more media requests for interviews and comments during the past two weeks than I have in the past year. All of a sudden, it feels like everybody is interested in amputees!
I have been doing my best to parlay
the interest about amputees into a discussion about prosthetic parity.
Although I am not always successful switching the tone of the interview,
I believe that this new exposure is the best opportunity to bring the
issue of insurance fairness to the mainstream consciousness. I'm hoping
that the small blurbs that are often written referencing the cost of
prosthetic devices will somehow spark a debate. I am the hopeless
When I received an invitation to meet with my local
Congressman who was interested in learning more about amputees and
prosthetics, I jumped at the opportunity. Thankfully the meeting was
scheduled for yesterday at 10:00. I breathed a sigh of relief,
comfortable with the fact that I could drop Robby at school and make the appointment with time to spare.
to Murphy's Law, Robby woke up Wednesday morning with a fever and
cough. I avoid calling Scott when he is at work, but yesterday I made an
exception. Recognizing that this was an important opportunity, Scott
didn't hesitate and immediately made arrangements to come home. With
Robby quasi-comfortable and secure in the knowledge that he was with his
Daddy, I managed to make the appointment on time.
delighted that Congressman Frank Wolfe was so interested in the issues
of our community. He listened intently, asked informed questions and
verbalized his willingness to assist. I am delighted that the limb loss
community has a new ally, and I'm hopeful that we can begin creating
some meaningful dialogs. I left the meeting feeling a renewed sense of
optimism and an excitement about the future.
After coming home
and briefly checking on Robby, I ended up locking myself in the computer
room to participate in an interview with a producer from the HuffPost
Live. I was delighted by the invitation to become a panelist in a
roundtable discussion concerning limb loss issues. As soon as I hung up
the phone, Scott and I began to frantically clean the computer room in
preparation for the video discussion group which was scheduled to film
in two hours. (Okay, perhaps claiming to have cleaned the entire room
is not entirely accurate. Our efforts were limited to setting up the web
camera and hiding or moving everything that was untidy in the
I've never participated in a video roundtable, but I
have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Although I was
initially nervous, I quickly felt like I was chatting with friends. The
other three panelists had diverse backgrounds and experiences, but we
all shared the commonality of living without a limb. In case you missed
the show, the video is at the end of this post.
Yesterday was busier
than normal, but highly satisfying. I'm learning to embrace the
opportunities and adventures that come my way, knowing that this
interest in amputee life will quickly wane. In the meantime, I'm going
to keep trying to spread the message and educate as many people as