People with limb differences that blow your mind

Finding the gems among the sheer endless options of accounts to follow.
Finding the gems among the sheer endless options of accounts to follow.

People On Instagram That Leave You Speechless And In Awe

Okay, I admit it. My relationship with Instagram is not an easy one. To call it ambivalent is a bit of an understatement. I am not sure I could have pulled off The Active Amputee and establish it as a well respected source of information for people affected by limb loss and limb differences without Instagram. It was my window to the world of limb loss and limb differences; my channel to start talking with an amazing range of people from the wider community; my magic wand to build strong and lasting relationships with people from all around the world. Without a platform like Instagram, I doubt I would have pulled this resource service off, let grow it and keep it going for more than five years, in two languages, with two podcasts and a regular newsletter to its name. But despite all that, being active on Instagram doesn't come natural to me and I often have to force myself to open the app, engage with the content from the people and institutions I follow, and share meaningful content from my side that adds value for people affected by limb loss and limn differences.


So much for that. And now that this confession of mine is out of the way, I want to share some of the accounts - and the individuals, organisations, and companies behind them - that rank high on my list of 'must follow accounts' on Instagram. I will kick this mini-series off with ten accounts of individuals that caught my eye in recent months. Accounts that - in my humble opinion - provide great inspiration and good entertainment. Check them out and let me know what you think.


My Top Ten Accounts: Individuals Affected By Limb Loss And Limb Differences

Charles-Ryan Barber

An acrobat, ex-photographer, adventurer, amputee and cyborg who is searching for that place somewhere between reckless and awesome (his own words). And someone whose posts keep me in awe and disbelief over and over again. 


You find Charles' account here.

Daniel Kosick

Athlete, husband, father, girl dad, cancer survivor, amputee, social worker, coach, Wish Kid, Paralympian, adventurer, and Leki USA ambassador. And when I first saw Daniel running on demanding backcountry trails on his socket-knee-blade set-up I was hooked.


You find Daniel's account here.

Eva Mol

Para climber and member of the Dutch national climbing team, para rower, wheelchair user, and dog lover with a passion for van life. And someone who consistently posts amazing content that encourages people with limb differences and mobility limitations to be active, try out new things, and push the boundaries.


You find Eva's account here.

Jessica Jordan Ping

Self love and disability pride queen, whose account is such a joy to follow. Quirky, wild, informative, and entertaining. Jessica's posts cover a whole range of disability-related and general life-style topics and some have been eye-openers for me.


You find Jessica's account here.

Josh Bogle

Adaptive para surfer, snowboarder, and a human being that is trying to grow dreams (so his own words). For Josh, the earth is blessed with the miracle of water. And it's our call to protect all the waters on Planet Earth. Something that is reflected in Josh's content which shows him near, on, in, and under the water.


You find Josh's account here

Kyle Stepp

A para triathlete, outdoor enthusiast, and disability rights archivists on a mission to do good and live a full life. Kyle's enthusiasm and can-do attitude oozes out of his posts, something that makes them so valuable and stand out from the crowd. 


You find Kyle's account here

Liv Stone

Surfer, model, disability advocate, 6x gold medalist, and 3x para surf wold champion whose beautiful life-affirming posts are a great way to start your day with a smile on your face. Liv's work for a more inclusive world is an encouragement to many.


You find Liv's account here

Michelle Salt

A Paralympic snowboarder, Ski-doo ambassador, skydiver, and accessibility and mobility consultant with a love for storytelling and the wild outdoors. Michelle's posts let me dream of adventures in far-flung places and encourage me to finally get my act together and try skydiving.


You find Michelle's account here.

Ruben Roldan

A parkour athlete from Spain who leaves his audience mesmerized and doubting gravity and the laws of physics. 



You find Ruben's account here

Tiina Nopanen

Showcasing the outdoorsy life of an above knee amputee exploring beautiful places in Scandinavia's backcountry, Tiina's regular postings resonate with me and make me want to visit Finland again some time soon.  


You find Tiina's account here.  

Post by Bjoern Eser, the founder of and shaker and maker behind The Active Amputee. 



Further Reading

Accept, adapt, achieve


Life after amputation may feel like venturing into unknown territory. From learning how to move your new body to researching the costs of activity-specialized prosthetic arms & legs, it is daunting and frustrating to resume an active lifestyle after limb loss. In August 2021, I lost my left leg in an emergency above-knee amputation. I could not fathom what my life would look like post-op. In the hospital, I promised myself to take advantage of every opportunity I came across and to attempt activities outside my comfort zone. I needed to resume living, and for me, that meant returning to activities as soon as possible. "Accept, adapt, achieve" became my new motto. read more

Dealing with volume fluctuations


Here is a problem many active above knee amputees know all too well. A problem that is often overlooked as more and more attention is given to the newest developments around high-tech knees and other exciting advancements in the prosthetic sector. It’s the problem of a proper fit of the socket. It’s the key to using your prosthetic leg to its full potential. And how to deal with fluctuations in the volume of your residual limb - and thus with the fit of your socket. Read more


Cycling to regain my life


Today’s article is all about cycling and how it helped Stephen from South Africa’s wonderful Western Cape to come back after a tragic motorcycle accident. The idea for the interview arose during a chat with Jen from ClickMedical, who mentioned Stephen and his inspiring outdoor adventures and brokered the contact. „Thanks Jen I really appreciate these contacts!“ Here is my interview with Stephen. Enjoy! read more