The Active Amputee Weekend Edition - The BMC Paraclimb Series 2017

Amazing climbing and a great atmosphere in Manchester's Climbing Centre during the weekend's paraclimbing series.
Amazing climbing and a great atmosphere in Manchester's Climbing Centre during the weekend's paraclimbing series.

Amazing Climbing, Lovely Atmosphere - What More Can You Ask For?

Today hardly any text, just pictures.This was the third leg of this year‘s paraclimbing series. There is one more event this year. December 10, 2017 in Newcastle. Come and join us. It‘s great fun.

 

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Let’s learn to look beyond what we can see

"We need to start creating safe spaces for the badly needed conversations to happen." (photo courtesy of Sana Murad)
"We need to start creating safe spaces for the badly needed conversations to happen." (photo courtesy of Sana Murad)

Let’s Learn To Look Beyond What We Can See

Building on her two recent articles on The Active Amputee, Anoushé Husain explores the challenges people with invisible disabilities face in their day to day lives. She builds a strong argument for finally creating those badly needed safe spaces that allow honest, constructive and healthy conversations.

 

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The Active Amputee Weekend Edition - My first multi-pitch climb

Finally on my first multi-pitch climb!
Finally on my first multi-pitch climb!

Turning Obstacles Into Tasks To Be Solved

A weekend in late October, the weather forecasts announces sun all day and a clear blue sky, I have someone to take care of the kids and some people who want to go climbing outdoors - what a great opportunity to finally approach my first multi-pitch climb.

 

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Amputee hikes up Timor Leste‘s highest mountain to raise money for disabled people

After almost eight hours we finally reached the top of Mt. Ramelau/Timor Leste.
After almost eight hours we finally reached the top of Mt. Ramelau/Timor Leste.

Combining Your Passion For The Outdoors With A Good Cause

My work often brings me to countries in the tropics. Sometimes just for a few weeks. Sometimes for years. And while a high-tech knee is a great plus when it comes to being active and mobile, they soon hit their limits when water, sand, mud and rice paddies are involved. A simple backup option is needed. And often this can be done locally. As it was in my case, in Timor Leste back in 2009.

 

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The Active Amputee Weekend Edition - Double amputee to run 31 marathons in 31 days

Rob Jones' Month of Marathons is raising awareness about and money for the struggles of veterans (photo courtesy of Rob Jones)
Rob Jones' Month of Marathons is raising awareness about and money for the struggles of veterans (photo courtesy of Rob Jones)

Rob Jones Journey

Two weeks ago I stumbled across a BBC headline about Rob Jones, a retired US Marines veteran who lost both his legs during deployment in Afghanistan. In October and November, Rob will run 31 marathons in just 31 days. Besides raising awareness regarding the struggles many war veterans face, Rob aims to raise 1,000,000 US$ for charities supporting wounded veterans.

 

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Is it ok to ask about limb difference?

Not if it's okay to ask about limb differences? Here are five tips by Fay Keegan (picture courtesy of Fay Keegan)
Not if it's okay to ask about limb differences? Here are five tips by Fay Keegan (picture courtesy of Fay Keegan)

Five Tips For Asking About Limb Differences

Fay Keegan was only eleven years old when she was involved in a train accident that crushed her foot. After more than four decades in which she battled feelings of denial, anger, grief and loss, Fay decided to say goodbye to her foot and start anew. Fay regular shares her thoughts on her blog 'missing foot notes', where this article was first published in May 2017.

 

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The Active Amputee Weekend Edition - 15 amazing amputee Instagram accounts

Martin Heald, current British paraclimbing champion and a member of the England amputee football team.
Martin Heald, current British paraclimbing champion and a member of the England amputee football team.

15 Amazing Instagram Accounts

There are plenty of accounts from amputees on Instagram. Some of them really amazing, inspirational in so many ways. Here is my top 15 of personal accounts. Each of these stories resonates with me. All of them have moved me in one way or another, left a deep and lasting impression or motivated me to try something new. So I thought I share them with you. Have a look. They are amazing.   

 

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Eine Amputation wählen, um endlich aufzublühen

Erst seit der Amputation fühlt sich Chaos.Cat wieder wohl in ihrem Körper (picture courtesy of Chaos.Cat)
Erst seit der Amputation fühlt sich Chaos.Cat wieder wohl in ihrem Körper (picture courtesy of Chaos.Cat)

Vom Schicksal Geführter Weg

Chaos.Cat hat als Kind Knochenkrebs überlebt. Aber danach fühlte sie sich gefangen in einem Körper, in dem sie sich nie wohl fühlte. Nach Jahren der Traurigkeit und des Frustes, entschloss sie sich zu einer Amputation ihrer Beines. Dann, so hoffte sie, könne sie ein neues Leben beginnen, hätte viele neue Möglichkeiten, und wäre endlich wer sie immer schon sein wollte. Und ihr Mut wurde belohnt. Lies ihre Geschichte hier - entweder im deutschen Original oder in der englischen Übersetzung.

 

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Choosing an amputation to finally blossom

After the amputation Chaos.Cat finally felt at home in her body again (picture courtesy of Chaos.Cat)
After the amputation Chaos.Cat finally felt at home in her body again (picture courtesy of Chaos.Cat)

A Journey Led By Destiny

Chaos.Cat survived bone cancer when she was a child. But it left her trapped in a body which she never felt at ease with. After years that were marked by sadness and frustration, she took the brace decision to have her leg amputated. This, so she thought, would enable her to start a new life, open up new possibilities and finally allow her to be who she always wanted to be. And it did. Read her story - both in the German original and the English translation.

 

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The Active Amputee Weekend Edition - Follow-up on amputees you met here before

Erin Ball, a double amputee aerial artist from Canada (photo courtesy of Erin Ball)
Erin Ball, a double amputee aerial artist from Canada (photo courtesy of Erin Ball)

Update From Amputees You Met Here Before

The Active Amputee has been up and running for a good six months now. And over the months, some amazing people shared their stories on the blog. This week‘s weekend edition follows up on some of them, giving you updates on what they are currently up to. 

 

 

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The IREDE Foundation of Nigeria: Addressing basic needs and social stigma

The daughter of Crystal Chigbu, the founder of the IREDE Foundation enjoying her new prosthesis (picture courtesy of Crystal Chigbu)
The daughter of Crystal Chigbu, the founder of the IREDE Foundation enjoying her new prosthesis (picture courtesy of Crystal Chigbu)

Creating A Badly Needed New Service

My personal experience of birthing and raising a daughter with a missing tibia and knee cap inspired the set-up of The IREDE Foundation. I wanted to share the comfort I had with other parents and the abilities in disabilities. In addition there was a desire to pour out my heart by writing out my daily frustrations and concerns as I managed my daughter. The need to reach out with a message of hope to child amputees and their families continually spurs me to action. We at The IREDE Foundation are out to educate and create awareness on amputation and limb loss among the general public, hoping to reduce stigmatisation to the barest minimum. We also run a support group to reach out to the families and the amputees themselves. Thirdly we empower amputees via the provision of prostheses and mentoring.

 

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The Active Amputee Weekend Edition - Paraclimbing Taster

Having a blast at Burbage North in the Peak District
Having a blast at Burbage North in the Peak District

Paraclimbing In The Peak District

Six months ago I started The Active Amputee. The first article went live on April 1, 2017. And four days later I announced the existence of this new resource page for amputees and their families to a wider audience. Since then I have published one article per week. Normally you would find a new post every Wednesday. Mostly long reads, with a good mixture of articles by me and guest posts by other inspiring people. And as the feedback has been very encouraging, the plan for the time being is to continue with this format. One longer article per week. 

 

But as there is so much happening, I will add a second, shorter weekend post from now one. Often only a paragraph or two. Sometimes a few pictures, a link or a list. I hope you find this new feature informative and fun. Let me know what you think about it. And if you want me to continue with it.

  

This new feature is kicking off today with some snapshots from a recent day out in the Peak District. Kat Sizer from PACE Rehab teamed up with Belinda Fuller and Robin O‘Leary, the two coaches of the British Paraclimbing Team, to offer amputees an opportunity to have a go at outdoor climbing. So on October 6, 2017, eight amputees met at Stanage Edge in the Peak District. Some of them have been climbing for years, others were novices to this sport. With the sun out, with great coaching and a very supportive environment, all of us had an amazing day. „Thanks Kat from PACE Rehab, thanks BE and Robin!“

 

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The finish line is only the start

Todd at the Markham Jazz Festival 5K Family Run - Benefiting the 360 Kids Program (picture courtesy of Todd Domingo)
Todd at the Markham Jazz Festival 5K Family Run - Benefiting the 360 Kids Program (picture courtesy of Todd Domingo)

One Amputee’s Speedy Recovery And Rediscovery Of His Love For Running

Aristotle Domingo, also known as Todd to his family, friends, and social media followers, has never understood the meaning of “limits.” After surviving septicemia in 2001, Todd lived with peroneal nerve injury (foot drop) until his recent left below-knee amputation in 2017. He spent 16 years battling infection, pain, and other medical issues due to complications. Below is an account of his speedy recovery from his recent amputation surgery to participating in his first 5K race.

 

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Birthday special

Three months after the amputation I was back walking in the hills. And until now, hiking is still the one thing I do most in my spare time.
Three months after the amputation I was back walking in the hills. And until now, hiking is still the one thing I do most in my spare time.

My Amputee Life In Pictures

Back in April when I launched The Active Amputee, I kicked off with a series of articles called ,My Journey To Losing My Leg‘ describing the long battle between first being diagnosed with cancer in the mid-1980s to finally making the decision to have my leg amputated in late 2005. A lot has happened since. And as many people asked how the journey continued, here are some snapshots what my life is all about. 

 

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Confetti Prosthetic Leg Cover by ID ETHNOS.

Making prosthetic covers affordable is the aim of a joint venture between ID Ethnos and FURF Design Studios (photo courtesy of ID Ethnos)
Making prosthetic covers affordable is the aim of a joint venture between ID Ethnos and FURF Design Studios (photo courtesy of ID Ethnos)

Covers Are A Great Way To Personalise Your Prosthesis

I recently published a short overview over various companies producing prosthetic covers (you find the full article here), pointing out how the recent developments in 3D printing allow people with amputations to express their individual style through by choosing the look of their artificial limbs. I then ran an interview with McCauley Wanner from the ALLELES design studio in Victoria/Canada (you find the full interview here). This mini series about prosthetic covers is continuing today with a post by the Brazilian company ID Ethnos. 

 

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Paraclimbing Special - Pictures from the event

The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena provided a fantastic setting for the  opening competition of the 2017 Paraclimb Series
The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena provided a fantastic setting for the opening competition of the 2017 Paraclimb Series

The New Season Is Officially Opened

„Open to all aspiring paraclimbers, the British Mountaineering Council and Climb Scotland Paraclimbing Series is a friendly competition aimed at giving people an authentic competitive experience.“  That‘s what it says on the BMC‘s homepage.

 

The series is made up of four events and aims to give people with a disability  an opportunity to have a go at climbing in the competitive environment. It‘s a great format to try out something new, to meet other climbers with a handicap of one sort or another and to see some amazing climbing at a very high level. 

 

The first event took place at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho last week end. Here are some impressions fro the day.

 

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Paraclimbing Special - Videos from last year‘s series

Quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew during the opening competition of the 2015 Paraclimb Series in Edinburgh.
Quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew during the opening competition of the 2015 Paraclimb Series in Edinburgh.

Counting Down The Days

The first paraclimbing competition is just two days away. If you have a chance, come and be there at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on Saturday, September 9. You won‘t be disappointed. Amazing climbing, a great atmosphere and loads of inspiration by people who have overcome immense challenges in their lives. Join us for the day. More information can be found here. 

 

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Paraclimbing Special - Edinburgh 2015

One of the longer routes of the Paraclimb event in Edinburgh in 2015.
One of the longer routes of the Paraclimb event in Edinburgh in 2015.

How To Commemorate The Anniversary Of An Amputation

Throw back to 2015. Some time during the summer I was browsing the internet. And by coincidence I stumbled across an article about the British Paraclimb Series. As I had been climbing for some time - on and off, nothing regular - the article caught my interest. „On Saturday, September 19, the British Mountaineering Council‘s/Mountain Council of Scotland‘s Paraclimbing Series is kicking off“, so it said. The first round was to be in the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. And while it‘s quite a long drive to get up there, I new right away that I wanted to be there for this event. It would be a special gift to myself to celebrate my 10th anniversary as an amputee. September 19, 2005 was the last day I walked - or better limbed - around this planet on two legs. A day later I had my left leg amputated and started a new chapter in my life.

 

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My five proudest moments of being an amputee

"Not trying to fit the abled-bodied world was the key, allowing me to became the person I was meant to be." (picture courtesy of @an.awakened.amputee)
"Not trying to fit the abled-bodied world was the key, allowing me to became the person I was meant to be." (picture courtesy of @an.awakened.amputee)

"After 20 Years I Accepted My Amputation And Became The Person I Was Meant To Be"

For today‘s guest blogger, 27 years of being an amputee has been a never ending journey of pushing her mind, her body and soul to be the best it can be. And she sure has done a lot of things to be proud of. So no wonder she can't wait to see what the next 27 years have in store for her. 

 

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Amazing prosthetic covers by ALLELES

ALLELES model and University of Victoria fine arts student Emery Vanderburgh with her ALLELES prosthetic cover (photo courtesy of The ALLELES Design Studio)
ALLELES model and University of Victoria fine arts student Emery Vanderburgh with her ALLELES prosthetic cover (photo courtesy of The ALLELES Design Studio)

Celebrating Amputations And De-Stigmatising Disability

I recently published a short overview over various companies producing prosthetic covers (you find the full article here), pointing out how the recent developments in 3D printing allow people with amputations to express their individual style through the look of their artificial limbs. As several people expressed an interest to learn more about the choices we amputees now have, I decided to run a series of articles over the coming months, showcasing some of the companies developing and producing these stunning covers. And we kick off this series with an interview with McCauley Wanner from the ALLELES design studio in Victoria/Canada. 

 

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yoocan, the world’s leading empowerment site for people with disabilities

The Gaon family (picture by Jonathan Bloom, courtesy of YOOCAN)
The Gaon family (picture by Jonathan Bloom, courtesy of YOOCAN)

People Grow With Their Challenges

My name is Yoav Gaon and I am one of the co-founders of yoocan. Yoocan is the world’s leading empowerment site for people with disabilities. In 2008, my son Erez was born with a rare disease and complex cognitive and physical disabilities. This was the beginning of an emotionally challenging journey for me, Ruthi my wife, and our family. It brought us together in many ways, but it was hard as we needed to adjust to a new way of living. Over the years we have come to do that in our own unique ways. Erez has certain limitations, but they have definitely not prevented him from living life to the fullest!

 

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Sea kayaking in Pembrokeshire

Playing in the surf along the Welsh coast
Playing in the surf along the Welsh coast

In A Kayak Being An Above-The-Knee Amputee Is Not An Issue

Summer is here. And with it come endless opportunities for being active in, on and around the water. While water sports are generally great fun, they are especially well suited for lower limb amputees: They offer the added advantage of the water carrying most of our weight. An advantage not to be underestimated for many amputees.

 

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Awkward situations are part of the game, but discrimination is a different matter

Anoushe Husain learned early on about the impact discrimination can have on a person (picture by Sophie Tenn, courtesy of Anoushé Husain)
Anoushe Husain learned early on about the impact discrimination can have on a person (picture by Sophie Tenn, courtesy of Anoushé Husain)

„How One Instance Of Discrimination Changed My Life"

Anoushe Husain was born missing her right arm below the elbow, is living with multiple health conditions, is a cancer survivor, a Muslim and coming from an ethnic minority. She has never let what society or culture thinks she should do limit her or dictate the direction of her life. She is constantly breaking the mould and challenging not only her own beliefs about her own potential but also that of society and her own culture. In her last post we got to know her and her story. Today she tells us about how one instance of discrimination impacted on her life.

  

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One arm, two arms? It doesn't matter. Parkour is all about moving efficiently in your environment

James Rudge in action: His sport is all about moving efficiently and effectively in any given environment (picture courtesy of James Rudge)
James Rudge in action: His sport is all about moving efficiently and effectively in any given environment (picture courtesy of James Rudge)

Having Only One Arm Is All I've Ever Known

Okay so obviously I'm not an amputee. I was born without the lower part of my left arm and just as someone with two hands would learn to use two hands I have learned to use one. It‘s all I've ever known and therefore I wouldn't allow myself to be phased by any tasks that someone with two hands might achieve.

 

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One step at a time

Byron Bay Lighthouse - The first landmark in Fay's long journey to recovery (picture courtesy of Fay Keegan)
Byron Bay Lighthouse - The first landmark in Fay's long journey to recovery (picture courtesy of Fay Keegan)

Tough Choices Are Needed To Allow A New Beginning

Fay Keegan was only eleven years old when she was involved in a train accident that crushed her foot. After more than four decades in which she battled feelings of denial, anger, grief and loss, Fay decided to say goodbye to her foot and start anew. Read all about her long journey in an article that was first published in Great Walks, October–November 2014.

 

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Summer events for amputees

Bjoern Eser during the ParaClimb series in Edinburgh
Bjoern Eser during the ParaClimb series in Edinburgh

Be Active, Get Involved, Try Out Something New

No more excuses not to be active as an amputee. There are plenty of opportunities for amputees to be active, to get involved and try out something new this summer. Besides the big events for professionals, there are more and more taster sessions for amputees offering a safe and encouraging environment to have a go at a new activity.

  

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Three time cancer survivor Michael Robbert Brans takes on the Unbreakable challenge

Michaelrobbert Brans and his team during The Unbreakable challenge (picture taken by The Unbreakable, courtesy of Michael Robbert Brans)
Michaelrobbert Brans and his team during The Unbreakable challenge (picture taken by The Unbreakable, courtesy of Michael Robbert Brans)

An Unforgettable Team Experience

You want to make yourself stronger, improve your adaptability and raise your stress threshold? Yes, but how can that be done in a safe and dosed manner? Who has the right expertise and experience to help you with this? Not only physically, but especially mentally and emotionally? Three time cancer survivor Michael Robbert Brans found the right challenge for himself: The Unbreakable.

 

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Pimp my prosthesis

A prosthesis does not have to look dull and boring. Those days are over.
A prosthesis does not have to look dull and boring. Those days are over.

The Days Of Ugly Artificial Limbs Are Over - If You Want It

I guess most of you still remember the days when artificial limbs - generally speaking - were ugly. Designed for function, not for style. They were off the shelf models with a standard look. While many prosthetists offered some sort of cover or another, more often than not they tried to imitate the look of the remaining limb. And often, very often, it wasn‘t even a good imitation. 

 

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Tony Memmel - One-armed guitar player

Though born without a left forearm, Tony Memmel taught himself to play the guitar (pictures courtesy of Tony Memmel)
Though born without a left forearm, Tony Memmel taught himself to play the guitar (pictures courtesy of Tony Memmel)

The Guitar Player Without A Left Forearm

Though he was born without a left forearm and hand, Tony Memmel taught himself to play the guitar by building a homemade cast out of Gorilla Tape that secures a guitar pick to his arm, and allows him to pluck and strum the strings.

  

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Amputee pregnancy

Embracing a pregnancy shortly after losing a limb can be a major challenge. But one that is manageable, as Joanna tells us.
Embracing a pregnancy shortly after losing a limb can be a major challenge. But one that is manageable, as Joanna tells us.

My Pregnancy As An Amputee

Joanna lost her leg in a mountaineering accident. She has what is called a Chopart amputation. That means that she has retained a load- bearing heel bone and heel pad. However, due to a needed shortening her amputation presents as a Symes (which is an amputation through the heel bone). Joanna can walk short distances without a prosthesis. Only a few years after her accident, Joanna is expecting her first child. In this personal article she shares her experience of being pregnant while still getting used to her new life as an amputee.

  

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Mountain hiking as an amputee

Surrounded by stunning scenery - Angelina in the outdoors (picture courtesy of Nick Martinson from Boundless Journey)
Surrounded by stunning scenery - Angelina in the outdoors (picture courtesy of Nick Martinson from Boundless Journey)

I Can Do Anything I Set My Mind To

Daily activities can be a little bit challenging when you’re missing a leg. Now add the weight of a pack, and varying elevations on uneven terrain out in the mountains and you are definitely going to see how not graceful I am. But so what? This post is going to talk about how to get outdoors and see these beautiful places even as an amputee.

 

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A cancer survivor's dream of becoming a Paralympian

Surviving bone cancer and overcoming his drug addiction, Liam Twomey trains hard to become a Paralympian (picture courtesy of Liam Twomey)
Surviving bone cancer and overcoming his drug addiction, Liam Twomey trains hard to become a Paralympian (picture courtesy of Liam Twomey)

I Stopped Being A Victim And That Made All The Difference

My name is Liam Twomey. I am a 23 year old from Melbourne/Australia. I grew up in a great family with my Mum, Dad and older brother. It was all great until I was diagnosed with a Ewing sarcoma in my right tibia when I was age seven. My life was turned upside down, although at that age I was still quite unaware of what was happening. I wasn’t able to see the severity of my situation and what was to come.

 

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"What matters is how I choose to live my life."

Anoushe Husain learned that leaving her comfort zone has been the best decision of her life (picture courtesy of Anoushé Husain)
Anoushe Husain learned that leaving her comfort zone has been the best decision of her life (picture courtesy of Anoushé Husain)

Learning That Barriers Can Be Overcome

I’m a woman, born missing my right arm below the elbow, a Muslim and have a few invisible health issues. None of that matters. What matters is how I choose to live my life.

  

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Inclusion 2.0 - amputee bitmojis

Hedgehog1171 creates bitmojis for people with limb differences (picture courtesy of hedgehog1171).
Hedgehog1171 creates bitmojis for people with limb differences (picture courtesy of hedgehog1171).

Inclusion Happens In Many Different Forms

April was Limb Loss Awareness Month. And it was the month that more and more bitmojis for people with limb differences started showing up. Hedgehog1171, as he is known on Instagram and other social media platforms, is one of the creators of a variety of the small icons. A student from Wales, hedgehog1171 has just posted picture #100 on his feed. And he was so kind to send us a few to use on The Active Amputee. Thanks! 

 

 

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Cycling as an amputee

Stumps and Cranks - An Introduction to amputee Cycling is a great book packed with hands-on advice (picture courtesy of the publisher)
Stumps and Cranks - An Introduction to amputee Cycling is a great book packed with hands-on advice (picture courtesy of the publisher)

Review of 'Stumps And Cranks - An Introduction To Amputee Cycling'

You are an amputee? You think about getting into cycling? But you just don‘t know how to start? Maybe you are even a bit fearful that as an amputee cycling is now off-limits for you? Well, then Sonia Sanghani‘s Stumps and Cranks - An Introduction to Amputee Cycling is just the right book for you. 

 

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From bomb blast survivor to disability rights activist

Malvika Iyer, a passionate disability rights activist with an immense spirit and an almost unbreakable will (picture courtesy of Malvika Iyer)
Malvika Iyer, a passionate disability rights activist with an immense spirit and an almost unbreakable will (picture courtesy of Malvika Iyer)

The Accident Has Brought Out The Very Best In Me

During a recent visit to India, a friend of mine mentioned Malvika Iyer. A bomb blast survivor in her teens, Malvika is now a well-known motivational speaker and disability rights activist. He offered to introduce me to her and shortly afterwards I had the pleasure to get to know her during a phone interview. Right from the moment our Skype connection was live, I felt that Malvika is someone with an immense spirit and an almost unbreakable will. Here is her inspirational story.

   

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Amputees United - Let's hold hands together

Adenike, founder of Amputees United, commits her endless energy to assist amputees on their journey to recovery (photo courtesy of Adenike Oyetunde)
Adenike, founder of Amputees United, commits her endless energy to assist amputees on their journey to recovery (photo courtesy of Adenike Oyetunde)

Let's Hold Hands Together

Adenike Oyetunde is a lawyer and radio presenter from Nigeria‘s economic and cultural powerhouse Lagos. She lost one of her legs due to bone cancer when she was in her early twenties. Adenike, always full of ideas, recently founded Amputees United, an initiative to assist cancer patients and amputees. "I want to help them wade through the storm, because honestly, I went through this, that I may help them on their journey. We at the Amputees United Initiative would love to help them come to terms with their new reality."

  

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Erin the double amputee circus artist

Erin, a Canadian circus artist, unleashed a fireworks of creativity by embracing her new life as a double amputee (photo Bryce Murdoch, curtesy of Erin Ball)
Erin, a Canadian circus artist, unleashed a fireworks of creativity by embracing her new life as a double amputee (photo Bryce Murdoch, curtesy of Erin Ball)

Aspects Of An Absence Of Appendages; Adaptive Amputee Actualities

Losing both legs is a major challenge for any person. Even more so when you are a circus artist. Erin Ball struggled hard until embracing her new reality led to a fireworks of creativity. Her amputations are now an integral part of her show.

 

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The search for the Holy Grail

First steps to a new socket: Making a cast, then building a test socket around it.
First steps to a new socket: Making a cast, then building a test socket around it.

It's All About The Connections!

Our constant focus on the latest prosthetic developments coupled with our aspirations to get the latest high-end products on the market lets us forget one important aspect: The prosthesis is only as good as the system by which it is connected to the human body. 

   

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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month

Bjoern Eser (left) and Rob Williams (right) on top of Mt. Ramelau in Timor Leste
Bjoern Eser (left) and Rob Williams (right) on top of Mt. Ramelau in Timor Leste

Awareness-Building Needs To Happen On All Fronts

Raising awareness about people with limb differences and the issues they are struggling with needs to happen on all fronts. And all of us can play a role in it.

  

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Dealing with stump pain

Joanna Waterton (left) during the 2016 BMC Paraclimbing Series in Newcastle
Joanna Waterton (left) during the 2016 BMC Paraclimbing Series in Newcastle

You Need To Find Your Own Way To Deal With Stump Pain

Joanna describes her very own ways of dealing with stump pain. Chemical painkillers are only a last resort.

 

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3 reasons why it's cool to have an amputee dad

Three reasons why it's cool to have an amputee dad
Three reasons why it's cool to have an amputee dad

The Benefits Of Growing Up Around An Amputee

Yes, there are times when I think that it just sucks being an above-the-knee amputee. Obviously. And often this feeling creeps up on me when I am around my kids (three lovely kids, the youngest one is almost five, the other two are eleven and fourteen). When I want to do things with them and have the feeling that my amputation sets unwanted limits. When the fact that I have an artificial leg seems to dictate what I can and cannot do with them. 

 

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My journey to losing my leg - Part III

After a year of battling an infection, it was time to say goodbye to the leg and move on
After a year of battling an infection, it was time to say goodbye to the leg and move on

More Trouble Ahead

Part I of my journey was all about my cancer year; the year from the diagnosis with an osteosarcoma through the major surgery to remove almost all of my tibia and replace it with an endoprosthesis to the end of the chemotherapy.

 

Part II was all about my road to recovery; several inter-connected journeys that allowed me to get fit again and regain confidence in what I can physically do. During this time I had spent longer stretches in the United States of America, in South Africa and in Uganda.

 

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My journey to losing my leg - Part II

For me recovery was a number of inter-connected journeys
For me recovery was a number of inter-connected journeys

Roads To Recovery

Part I of my journey was all about my cancer year; the year from the diagnosis with an osteosarcoma through the major surgery to remove almost all of my tibia and replace it with an endoprosthesis to the end of the chemotherapy. Today‘s story is all about my road to recovery. 

 

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My journey to losing my leg - Part I

My journey to be an amputee has been a long one, in several stages, drawn out over almost two decades.
My journey to be an amputee has been a long one, in several stages, drawn out over almost two decades.

It All Started With Bone Cancer

My journey to being an amputee has been a long one, in several stages, drawn out over almost two decades. In this first part, read about how it all began: A bit of pain in the knee, a cancer diagnosis, a year-long fight.

 

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