Tell us the story of your injury and amputation.
It was May 2002 in central New Jersey. I was finishing up my job on a construction site when a two-ton steel plate fell on my leg. I thank God for my father, who was also my boss, for removing the plate. It was at that time I knew I was going to lose my leg.
It was a slow recovery and many months of rehabilitation before I was able to get around. I gradually went from a wheelchair to crutches to a cane to eventually just me and my prosthesis. I went through a handful of prosthetic legs as well as providers. I honestly feel that after finding the right practitioner, you can exceed your expectations and fulfill your dreams.
What type of prosthetic device are you wearing?
I wear a below-the-knee prosthesis. It has a carbon fiber socket with Freedom Renegade carbon composite foot for my everyday prosthesis. I also have a running prosthesis with an Ossur FlexRun foot.
“Be quick to face your fears. It is easy to hide from the situation you are in. Keep your loved ones close and communicate.”
Do you have any advice to share with new patients in similar situations?
Be quick to face your fears. It is easy to hide from the situation you are in. Keep your loved ones close and communicate.
Is there a resource that was helpful to you during your recovery?
While I was in the hospital, I had a ton of visitors. Some were fellow amputees. My first practitioner was an amputee and I would see him at least three times a week.
How has your prosthesis changed your life?
Since my amputation, I was slowly getting back to my every day activities, but I wasn’t reaching my expectations. It wasn’t until last year, when I received my running foot, that I was able to really resume my active lifestyle.
What are some achievements you’ve reached since your amputation?
Since the start of my career in the O & P (orthotics and prosthetics) field as a Technician/Fitter, I have become registered in both disciplines. In addition, I average roughly 125 softball games a year and I recently finished first in a Division Four amputee golf tournament.
Is there any other information you’d like to share?
Just being able to talk about your situation is so important. Being an amputee is not easy, but you’re not alone. Take what you have been given and fulfill your dreams and goals.