Bjoern Eser - The creator of The Active Amputee
Bjoern Eser - The creator of The Active Amputee

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The Active Amputee

I am Bjoern Eser, the creator of The Active Amputee. I am a father of three amazing children, a husband to an equally amazing wife, a thankful cancer survivor, an outdoor enthusiast, a passionate development practitioner and a very active above-the-knee amputee.

 

I have set up The Active Amputee as a resource page from amputees for amputees. It aims to inform, it aims to inspire and it aims to engage. Nothing more and nothing less. It‘s as simple as that.

 

At the moment The Active Amputee publishes a new post once a week. 

 

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What's New?

Guest post by Steel Bones UK⎮ August 12, 2018 ⎮ Inform & inspire

Amputees summit the highest peak in England and Wales

On May 20, 2018 a group of determined, inspirational people set off on an amazing challenge to become the first amputees to climb Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. read more

 

Guest post by Amy Bream⎮ August 8, 2018 ⎮ Inform

From Baby to boxer (kind of)

Amy, a young woman from Nashville has a soft spot for sarcasm, coffee, and fitness. She never considered herself an athletic person. Until she discovered her love for boxing, that is. Almost by accident. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ August 5, 2018 ⎮ Inform

A rocking month for collaborations

As you all know I set up The Active Amputee to provide information, to share inspiration and to create a community. And these last weeks have been amazing in terms of creating a community and investing in new collaborations with people far and wide. Here is just a quick run down of some of the new relationships I am so excited about. read more

 

Guest post by Lisa Ludwig⎮ August 1, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

From cancer survivor to mentor and brand ambassador

As part of my collaboration with yoocan I would like to share the story of Lisa Ludwig. Lisa was diagnosed with cancer at an early age. While the osteosarcoma took her leg, it never took her spirit and positive attitude. Several years later she is an active mentor to other cancer patients and amputees. In addition she has taken up the role as brand ambassador for a company that produces prosthetic covers. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ July 29, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Paraclimbing hacks: Securing your artificial limb to your harness

Who would have thought that lats week’a article - A simple introduction into paraclimbing as an above knee amputee - will be greeted by such a positive response. After the post went live on Wednesday, it took only minutes until the first reactions, additional questions, comments and thank you notes starting coming in. Wow, that is great. I really I wasn’t expecting that. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ July 25, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Paraclimbing: Ten easy steps to get into an amazing sport

Climbing is an amazing sport. Full stop. No matter if you are into bouldering or top-roped routes at a local climbing wall, prefer pre-bolted sport routes outdoors or love the thrill of proper multi-pitch trad climbing or a deep-water solo, the sport has something for everybody. And I mean everybody, no matter if you are able-bodied (what ever that is) or not.  But some hesitate to give it a try. To make things easier, I have compiled a simple beginners' guide: Ten easy steps to get into paraclimbing. It’s aimed at lover limb amputees, especially above knee amputees. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ July 22, 2018 ⎮ Inform

A big step for inclusive tourism in Nepal

All of you know that I am an above the knee amputee. Most of you know that I am an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for the hills and mountains. And some of you know that I have been a regular visitor to Nepal and had the chance to hike in the foothills of the Himalayas. So you can imagine how thrilled I that Nepal’s Tourism Board has just announced its first accessible trekking path in one of the country’s most breathtaking regions: Pokhara. Visitors to the 1.2 kilometer fully wheelchair accessible trail are greeted by the stunning panorama across the Annapurna and Manaslu range. read more

 

Guest post by Martin Yoxall⎮ July 18, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Bike life: A passion for motorcycles and a love for traveling

Martin got into motorbikes as a teenager. Quickly the bikes got bigger until December 1988 when he was involved in an accident that resulted in a traumatic through knee amputation of my right leg and near death due to blood loss. After years he is back on his bike, touring all over Europe. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ July 15, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Dealing with volume fluctuations in the residual limb

The newest high-tech prosthesis is of little use if it is not well connected to your body. Over and over again the socket proved to be the weakest link that can be the make it or break it point determining the activity level of an amputee. And as our bodies change over time, so do our demands towards this connections between our residual limb and our prosthetic device. Working with a liner system combined with a movable seal-ring is one of the options we have to create a well-fitting socket with a strong vacuum suction. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ July 08, 2018 ⎮ Inform

New logo for The Active Amputee

It has been more than a year since I started The Active Amputee. With the new page now being firmly placed out there as a trusted resource for people with limb differences, it was time for a new logo. After a lot of to and from, of designs being drawn up and binned, of font types being tried out, changed, ridiculed, praised and changed again, I have finally settled on my new logo. Et voilà: Here it is. read more

 

Guest post by Sanjay Arora⎮ July 04, 2018 ⎮ Inform

The World Amputee Fitness Festival 2018

Dreaming big - and making it happen. Imagine a time and place where many amputees, possibly hundreds of them, come together from different parts of the world. They come together for a common purpose. Simply to enjoy health & fitness activities including Sports, Yoga, Dance, all movement arts etc. There are no awards, no medals, no validation of your participation. The experience is its own reward. That is exactly what Sanjay Arora is working on. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser⎮ July 01, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

What makes you happy as an amputee?

I asked you all „What makes you happy as an amputee?“. And within minutes the answers came flowing in. Here they are. read more

 

Guest post by Aston Heath ⎮ June 27, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Lovely children's book: Mosha, the amputee elephant

"Having just finished my first kids book about elephants I discovered the story about Mosha, the elephant who lost her leg due to a land mine and was fitted with a prosthetic limb," recounts Aston. "Being an amputee myself this was something I had to see for myself." His visit to the elephant hospital in Thailand brought us this amazing children's book. read more

 

 Post by Bjoern Eser ⎮ June 24, 2018 ⎮ Inform & inspire

12 amazing TED talks every amputee should listen to

I am a great fan of podcasts. No matter if I am in my car to pick up the kids, in the kitchen preparing dinner or working out in the evening, I normally listen to podcasts. And among my favorite ones are TED talks. TED talks are such a great combination of brilliant info, inspirational journeys and though provoking daring big picture thinking. Here are twelve TED talks every amputee should listen to. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser ⎮ June 20, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Sitting volleyball: An action-packed team sport for amputees

It’s fast, it’s action-packed, it demands a high level of fitness, quick reactions combined with good ball-handling skills and a commitment to your team. And you can easily play it in mixed teams of pople with and without disabilities. What more could you ask for? read more

 

 Guest post by Sarah Stump ⎮ June 13, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

Embrace your differences, love being imperfectly you

As you all know, I have teamed up with yoocan to share stories of people with limb differences, increase the reach off these stories and inspire people all around the world to live an active, rewarding and fulfilling life. Today’s story is by Sarah Stump from Imperfectly Sarah. It's the story of a one armed girl in a two armed world; a beautiful story about faith an acceptance. read more

 

 Guest post by Pace Rehab ⎮ June 10, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Osseointegration: Being active without the need for a prosthetic socket

Pace Rehabilitation and The Active Amputee have teamed up to increase the reach of high quality information to amputees, enabling them to make well informed decisions in relation to their limb loss. Today’s article on osseointegration kicks of our collaboration. Over the coming months I will regularly share information provided by the experts from Pace Rehabilitation. read more

 

 Guest post by Monique Murphy ⎮ June 06, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

Monique's journey: From tragic accident to the Paralympic Games

Monday May 26, 2014. That was the day I truly knew, I was capable of living the life ahead of me-whatever I wanted that to be. It was the day I was fitted with my first prosthetic leg. It was the day I took my first steps on the leg. It was the day I got back into a pool. It was the day I took time to wear make up again. Needless to say, it was a busy day. read more

 Post by Bjoern Eser ⎮ June 03, 2018 ⎮ Inspire & inform

Hiking as an above knee amputee

I love being outdoors. Always have. And this love for being physically active in the great outdoors did not change when I became an amputee. I regularly go hiking in the hills (and less regularly in the mountains). I know that being out in the hills far away from any assistance if the need arises can be a scary thought. At the same time and if done right it can be an immensely rewarding experience that helps to develop new skills and increase confidence to be an active and mobile able knee amputee. read more

Guest post by Erin Ball ⎮ May 30, 2018 ⎮ Inspire & inform

New course for aerial coaches of lower limb amputees 

Erin Ball has been studying and training in circus arts for over ten years. Several years later, she began coaching. In 2014, Erin became a double below knee amputee. Her circus practice changed, and eventually her teaching did as well. Erin has since worked with many amputees to achieve their dreams of exploring aerial arts. Eventually, Flying Footless, a course for aerial coaches of lower limb amputees, was born. read more

 Guest post by Kristy Wimberly ⎮ May 27, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

The female amputee lifted truck enthusiast from Missouri 

In the cooperation with yoocan, I regularly share inspiring stories from people with limb differences that have originally been published on the yoocan page. Today we hear from Kristy, am amputee from Missouri who is now a household name in the often male-dominated lifted truck scene. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser ⎮ May 23, 2018 ⎮ Inform

Customized prosthetic covers add personality 

The age of the off-the-shelf look for artificial limbs is slowly coming to an end. With significant advancements in 3D printing technology in recent years a number of companies are now offering stylish prosthetic covers. Emelie Strömshed, co-founder of and designer at Anatomic Studios in Malmö/Sweden tells us more about the company and the team's approach to assisting amputees to find their personal style. read more

 

Guest post by Dave Klar ⎮ May 16, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

Accept an amputation that you cannot change 

„After all the highs and lows in the past four years I’ve learned to accept this amputation that I can’t change“, says Dave Klar. „I accept limitations but knock down perceived boundaries of people with a ‚disability‘!“ read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser ⎮ May 13, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

Sea kayaking as an amputee rocks 

Up early, grabbing a quick breakfast while fixing some food for the trip. Getting all the gear ready, checking the weather forecast and Magic Seaweed to get an idea about the waves, the wind, and when the tidal times. It all looks perfect. So the Welsh coast it is, one of Europe’s most stunning coastal areas. read more

 

Guest post by Deise Nishimura ⎮ May 09, 2018 ⎮ Inspire

Surviving an alligator attack 

When you are living the life of your dreams in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and then the unimaginable happens. You are attacked by an alligator. That is what happened to Deise Nishimura. She fought for her life and survived. And after her having recovered she returned to the place she loved: The Amazon. Here is her amazing story. read more

 

Post by Bjoern Eser ⎮ May 07, 2018 ⎮ Inform

People of Adventure 

What a nice surprise: I have been featured in Rob and Michelle’s Outdoor Adventure Blog as the Person of Adventure for the week starting April 30, 2018. „Thanks Rob & Michelle!“ read more


Inform

In the inform section, you will find information about a range of issues amputees regularly have to deal with. Expect issues ranging from handling phantom pain to new developments in the prosthetic sector, from being an amputee parent to finding the right prosthetic cover etc. Anything that helps to make informed choices and make life as an amputee easier.

Inspire

In the inspire section, you will find exciting stories from other amputees. Expect travel reports and biographies from amputee adventurers, interviews with people who took on special challenges and stories about creative approaches to live a rewarding life as an amputee.

Engage

In the engage section, you will find information about special events for amputees, opportunities to try out something new, links to other organisations, information about support options and funding - and invitations to take part in one of the regular The Active Amputee challenges.