Another new year has come and gone and my leg has yet to grow back. Although I remain hopeful of some great new technology just over the horizon, I plan on 2017 being much like 2016, still shorter on one side. Interesting enough, even after being an AK amputee for 11 years, I was graced with a few rounds of mild depression that forced me to kick myself in the rear to keep moving forward. And even then, who knows if it wouldn’t have happened anyway with 2 legs? Other than that, I didn’t much think about being one-legged and still don’t consider myself disabled or handicapped. As a good friend once described me during a news interview, “The man still has 2 good legs, the only difference is he can take one off and put it on a shelf at night!”
So as we go in to the new year as amputees, remember to keep plowing forward and continue to set the example for others unfortunately who will become amputees this year. Make your experiences available to them and finally remember how no one will ever understand our plight unless they too are an amputee. Make 2017 great and stay safe!
For now, Ampcop is 10-7