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Per Jensen

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Tell us the story of your injury and amputation.

I’ve been a runner and loved to exercise for 50 years. In 2000, I had pain in my left leg; it was a plugged artery. For the next eight years, I had 20 surgeries, 8 grafts and finally nothing more could be done, so my left leg was amputated.

What type of prosthetic device are you wearing?

I’m a below-the-knee amputee wearing a prosthesis with suction.

“What I cannot do today, there is always another day.”

Do you have any advice to share with new patients in similar situations?

Have a positive attitude and try to live as normally as possible, doing what you want to do.

Is there a resource that was helpful to you during your recovery?

Support groups. The Internet. Seeing clips of other amputees and what they’re able to do.

How has your prosthesis changed your life?

Very little. What I cannot do I will not do, but it’s not of much concern. For example, it might take more time to do chores, but what I cannot do today, there is always another day.

What are some achievements you’ve reached since your amputation?

I can bicycle, roller skate, downhill ski and hike.

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Michael Dreyer

“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.”

Glenn Barfield

“I sat up after being thrown 35 feet and realized my leg was severed.”

Bronson (The Magnificent)

“Although it is very difficult to see your infant in casts and undergo surgery, focus on the end result - your child will be able to walk, skip, and run.”

Emma Meyers

“Families, remember that you are your child's best advocate.”

Brett Wolfe

“Know what you want to do with your prostheses and understand you own skills and limits.”

Amina Nawaz

“I am happy... I hope everyone who has this [procedure] can be happy and enjoy life again.”

Lori McPhetridge

“Being able to walk again has been one of the greatest things to happen to me and it is getting better all the time.”

Ron Hoeffer

“My prosthesis has given me my self-esteem back and the ability to hold a job.”