The Active Amputee Podcast Folge 34 ist nun zu haben

Teile des Erlöses dieser Spendenaktion gingen an den St. Francis of Assisi Workshop in Aileu, der seit Jahren Handbikes für Menschen mit Behinderungen baut.
Teile des Erlöses dieser Spendenaktion gingen an den St. Francis of Assisi Workshop in Aileu, der seit Jahren Handbikes für Menschen mit Behinderungen baut.

Spenden Sammeln, Natur Erleben, Gutes Tun

Seit gestern ist Folge #34 des The Active Amputee Podcasts zu haben. Dieses Mal mit einer Geschichte aus meiner Zeit in Timor Leste. Es geht um eine simple Prothese, die ich mir lokal bauen lies. Um eine nicht bezahlte Rechnung. Um eine wilde Idee, Spenden zu sammeln. Um eine faszinierende Wanderung. Und um drei Organisationen, die vor Ort großartige Arbeit leisten, um Menschen mit Behinderungen zu unterstützen. Aber was erzähle ich euch. Gönnt euch einfach diesen Podcast und hört selbst.

 

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The Active Amputee Podcast episode 34 is now available

Portions of the proceeds from this fundraiser went to the St. Francis of Assisi Workshop in Aileu, which has been building handcycles for people with disabilities for years.
Portions of the proceeds from this fundraiser went to the St. Francis of Assisi Workshop in Aileu, which has been building handcycles for people with disabilities for years.

Collect Donations, Experience Nature, Do Some Good

Since yesterday episode #34 of The Active Amputee Podcast is available. This time with a story from my time in Timor Leste. It's about a simple prosthesis I had built locally. About an unpaid bill. About a wild idea to collect donations. About a fascinating hike. And about three organizations doing great work locally to support people with disabilities. But what am I telling you. Just treat yourself to this podcast and listen for yourself.

 

 

 

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OT-World öffnet bald ihre Tore

In wenigen Tagen ist es so weit: Die OT World für alles, was für Amputierte wichtig ist.
In wenigen Tagen ist es so weit: Die OT World für alles, was für Amputierte wichtig ist.

Aussteller Aus Aller Welt Präsentieren Sich In Leipzig

Nachdem die letzte OT-World aufgrund von Corona abgesagt werden musste, zieht es in diesem Jahr wieder Aussteller*innen, Fachpublikum, und Interessierte aus aller welt nach Leipzig. Zwischen dem 10. und 13. Mai öffnet die OT-World ihr Tore und wird zur Bühne für alles, was für Amputierte interessant ist. Für ein paar Tage wird Leipzig der Mittelpunkt der Welt für alles, was mit dem Thema Orthopädietechnik, Hilfsmittel und Rehabilitation zusammenhängt. Und wenn ich mir das Programm anschaue und höre, was in den sozialen Netzwerken alles in Vorbereitung ist, dann werden es tolle Tage.

 

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OT-World is back and soon opens its doors to the public

Only a few days left before this year's OT-World opens its doors to the public.
Only a few days left before this year's OT-World opens its doors to the public.

Exhibitors From All Over The World Present Themselves In Leipzig

After the last OT-World had to be cancelled due to Corona, this year exhibitors, trade visitors and interested people from all over the world will again be drawn to Leipzig. Between May 10 and 13, OT-World will open its doors and become the stage for everything that is interesting for amputees. For a few days, Leipzig will be the center of the world for everything related to orthopedic technology, aids and rehabilitation. And when I look at the program and hear what's in the works on social networks, it's going to be a great few days.

 

 

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More podcasts in the making

More audio content for Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month.
More audio content for Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month.

Two Exciting Interviews Plus A Limb Loss And Limb Difference Awareness Month Special

Just a quick one today. A bit of an announcement to keep you all in the loop. April - Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month is in full swing - is always a busy month for people engaged in the limb difference community. Social media platforms are buzzing with activity, special events fill our calendars, new initiatives are being developed, and more and more policy makers show an interest in what we have to say and the change we want to see. To add yet another few gems to this mosaic of Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month inspired activities, I am currently working on three new podcast episodes.

  

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Mehr Shows sind in Vorbereitung

More audio content for Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month.
More audio content for Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month.

Zwei Spannende Interviews Und Eine Sondersendung Zum Limb Loss And Limb Difference Awareness Month

Nur eine kurze Meldung heute. Eine kleine Ankündigung, um euch alle auf dem Laufenden zu halten. Der April - Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month - ist immer ein geschäftiger Monat für Amputierte und andere, die sich in diesem Bereich engagieren. Auf den Plattformen der sozialen Medien herrscht rege Betriebsamkeit, besondere Veranstaltungen füllen die Kalender, neue Initiativen werden entwickelt, und immer mehr politische Entscheidungsträger zeigen Interesse an dem, was wir zu sagen haben, und an den Veränderungen, die wir sehen wollen. Um diesem Mosaik aus Aktivitäten, die durch Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month inspiriert sind, noch ein paar weitere Steinchen hinzuzufügen, arbeite ich derzeit an drei neuen Podcast-Episoden. Als da wären...

 

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Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month 2022

A month to celebrate, to share, to influence policy and practice. A month to be proud of how far we have come.
A month to celebrate, to share, to influence policy and practice. A month to be proud of how far we have come.

A Month To Celebrate Limb Loss And Limb Difference

April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. In its eleventh year, this month is a fixed feature in our calendars. A month to celebrate the limb loss and limb difference community, tell the world more about us, further work towards real inclusion and increased participation, and be proud of how far we have come. As Amplitude Magazin put it nicely last year:  "When the Amputee Coalition organized the first Limb Loss Awareness Month in April 2011, Oscar Pistorius hadn’t yet made the running blade an instantly recognizable piece of athletic gear. No amputee veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had been elected to Congress. Social media, still in its infancy, hadn’t yet given amputees a platform to tell their own stories." But there is more to do, new reasons to celebrate, and great opportunities to be involved.

 

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Ein Monat, in dem das Leben mit Amputation im Mittelpunkt steht

Ein Monat zum Feiern, zum Austausch, zur Beeinflussung von Politik und Praxis. Ein Monat, um stolz darauf zu sein, wie weit wir gekommen sind.
Ein Monat zum Feiern, zum Austausch, zur Beeinflussung von Politik und Praxis. Ein Monat, um stolz darauf zu sein, wie weit wir gekommen sind.

Ein Monat Zum Feiern, Zum Austausch, Zur Beeinflussung Von Politik Und Praxis

April ist der Monat des Bewusstseins für den Verlust von Gliedmaßen und für den Unterschied von Gliedmaßen - so zumindest die sehr sperrige deutsche Übersetzung aus dem Englischen. Aber weil das ein in meinen Augen unmöglicher Titel für einen sehr schönen Monat ist, bleibe ich beim englischen Original. April ist Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. Mittlerweile im elften Jahr, ist dieser Monat ein fester Bestandteil in unseren Kalendern. Ein Monat, in dem wir die Gemeinschaft der Menschen mit Behinderungen und die damit verbundene Vielfalt feiern. Ein Monat, in dem wir der Welt mehr über uns erzählen werden. Ein Monat, in dem es darum geht, sich weiter für echte Inklusion und mehr Teilhabe einsetzen und immer wieder stolz darauf zu sein, wie weit wir schon gekommen sind. Das Amplitude Magazin hat es letztes Jahr sehr schön formuliert:  "Als die Amputee Coalition im April 2011 den ersten Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month feierte, hatte Oscar Pistorius die running blade noch nicht zu einem sofort erkennbaren Teil der Sportausrüstung gemacht. Es waren noch keine amputierten Veteranen der Kriege im Irak und in Afghanistan in den Kongress gewählt worden. Die sozialen Medien steckten noch in den Kinderschuhen und boten Amputierten noch keine Plattform, um ihre eigenen Geschichten zu erzählen." Aber es gibt noch mehr zu tun.

 

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The Active Amputee jetzt auch auf Deutsch

Zur Feier des fünfjährigen Bestehens von The Active Amputee gibt es nun endlich auch eine deutsche Ausgabe.
Zur Feier des fünfjährigen Bestehens von The Active Amputee gibt es nun endlich auch eine deutsche Ausgabe.

Stilvolles Feiern Mit Einer Deutschen Ausgabe Des Active Amputee

Ich erinnere mich an Anfang April 2017. Damals saß ich ganz aufgeregt in meinem Büro und drückte zum ersten Mal auf den "Veröffentlichen"-Knopf dieses Blogs. Nach einer langen Nacht, in der ich an den ersten vier Blogartikeln gefeilt, Fehler behoben, Links überprüft und all mein Material für den großen Tag vorbereitet habe, war es endlich Zeit, The Active Amputee zu starten. In zwei Tagen feiern wir also den fünften Geburtstag dieser Ressourcenseite (des Blogs und des Podcasts). Und wir feiern stilvoll, indem wir eine deutsche Version hinzufügen und so ein neues Publikum erreichen und all die Informationen, Hunderte von Artikeln und den neuen Podcast einer noch größeren Gemeinschaft zugänglich machen. Einiges davon gleich jetzt, und mehr in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten.

 

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The Active Amputee soon also in German

Celebrating five years of The Active Amputee by lunching a German edition.
Celebrating five years of The Active Amputee by lunching a German edition.

Celebrating In Style By Launching A German Edition Of The Active Amputee

Throw-back to early April 2017. Back then, I sat in my office, all excited, and pressed the 'publish' button on this blog for the very first time. After a long night, polishing the first four blog articles, fixing bugs, checking links, and preparing all my material for the big day, it was finally time to launch The Active Amputee. So in two days, we are celebrating the fifth birthday of this resource page (the blog and the podcast). And we celebrate in style by adding a German version, thus reaching out to a new audience and making all the information, hundreds of articles, and new podcast available to an even wider community. Some of it right now, and more over the coming weeks and months.

 

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Get active with Levitate blades

Athlete, amputee, entrepreneur, and someone to shake up the industry - Lasse from Levitate (picture courtesy of Lasse Madsen).
Athlete, amputee, entrepreneur, and someone to shake up the industry - Lasse from Levitate (picture courtesy of Lasse Madsen).

Meet Lasse From Levitate

Today I talk with Lasse W. Madsen,  the CEO and Co-founder of the sports tech startup Levitate. Lasse is an amputee runner himself and his mission is to give people with disabilities simple access to affordable sports equipment they need in order to live an active life. His company Levitate produces running blades that amputees can install themselves. Interested, well lean back and hear from Lasse himself.

 

 

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Aktiv sein mit Levitate Blades

Sportler, Amputierter, Unternehmer und jemand, der die Branche aufrüttelt - Lasse von Levitate (Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Lasse Madsen).
Sportler, Amputierter, Unternehmer und jemand, der die Branche aufrüttelt - Lasse von Levitate (Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Lasse Madsen).

Darf Ich Vorstellen: Lasse Von Levitate

Heute spreche ich mit Lasse W. Madsen, dem CEO und Mitbegründer des Sport-Tech-Startups Levitate. Lasse ist selbst Sportler und oberschenkel-amputiert und hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, Menschen mit Behinderungen einfachen Zugang zu erschwinglichen Sportgeräten zu verschaffen, die sie für ein aktives Leben benötigen. Sein Unternehmen Levitate stellt Running Blades her, die Amputierte selbst montieren können. Interessiert? Dann lehnt euch sich zurück und hört die Details von Lasse selbst.

 

 

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Nepal special

Nepal: One of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts and culture lovers alike.
Nepal: One of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts and culture lovers alike.

Back To Nepal - Finally

This week, I want to share some of the older posts from and about Nepal with you. The reason being: I will finally have the chance to go back to Nepal in a few weeks time. Mainly for work, again, and with little spare time to explore this beautiful country more. But as it looks at the moment, I will have two days off-time - time enough to dive back into the lovable chaos of Kathmandu, to catch up with friends, and to re-connect with this country, its people, and culture.

 

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Passionate about boxing

Amy's journey took her from fearing all sports activities to being a passionate boxer and kick boxer  (picture copyright by Nathan Mantor, courtesy of Amy Bream)
Amy's journey took her from fearing all sports activities to being a passionate boxer and kick boxer (picture copyright by Nathan Mantor, courtesy of Amy Bream)

From Baby To Boxer (Kind Of)

Amy, a young woman from Nashville has a soft spot for sarcasm, coffee, and fitness. A few years ago, she discovered her love for boxing, almost by accident. Here is her story.

 

 

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Boxerin aus Leidenschaft

Amys Weg führte sie weg von der Angst vor allen sportlichen Aktivitäten hin zur Leidenschaft fürs Boxen und Kickboxen (Bild copyright by Nathan Mantor, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Amy Bream).
Amys Weg führte sie weg von der Angst vor allen sportlichen Aktivitäten hin zur Leidenschaft fürs Boxen und Kickboxen (Bild copyright by Nathan Mantor, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Amy Bream).

Vom Baby Zur Boxerin (Eine Art Von Boxerin Zumindest)

Amy, eine junge Frau aus Nashville, hat ein Faible für Sarkasmus, Kaffee und Fitness. Vor einigen Jahren entdeckte sie fast zufällig ihre Liebe zum Boxen. Hier ist ihre Geschichte. 

 

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Quinn Brett must-watch movies

Watching the movies about Quinn Brett.
Watching the movies about Quinn Brett.

Being Active After A Life-Changing Accident

Today I want to draw your attention to Quinn Brett, an athlete, a public speaker, and advocate for public lands and recreational accessibility. Quinn and I never met. Not in real life, not online. We don't know each other. But I have been following her on various social media platforms for some time. Watching her journey of recovery after a life-changing accident - although only from afar - has been a constant reminder to me to appreciate life and live it to the fullest. She has been one of the motivating influences for me in recent years to keep on pushing my boundaries and be active outdoors.  With Quinn's new movie coming out this week, I thought it's time I draw your attention to Quinn. So lean back and enjoy the following links to learn more about her. 

 

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Movao - A community platform for people with limb differences

Creating a community for amputees to inform, support, and encourage them to be active.
Creating a community for amputees to inform, support, and encourage them to be active.

OttoBock Launches A New Community Platform

With Movao, there is now a new community platform where amputees and their families can connect locally and globally with like-minded people about similar interests and challenges. An amputation is a major event. Saying goodbye to a body part has a major impact, both physically and mentally. People have to find a way to reshape their life. Movao is a community where amputees come together to help each other, share experiences, and get inspiration. It focusses on making everyday things attainable, achieving personal goals, and growing as a community. To do so, the platform offers informative content and personal stories around the topic of amputation. There are online and offline events, a sport group and much more. In the forum people can ask the community or contact other members directly via chat. If you or a family member of yours is affected by limb loss, you are invited to become part of the Movao. Register here and join today!

 

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Making tourism accessible for people of all abilities

Experienced tour operators that specialize in accessible tourism are key to enabling people with disabilities to travel (picture courtesy of Access2Africa Safaris)
Experienced tour operators that specialize in accessible tourism are key to enabling people with disabilities to travel (picture courtesy of Access2Africa Safaris)

Access2Africa Is Opening Up The World To All

Amputees and other people with limb differences are often as keen to travel and explore off-the-beaten track places, meet new people and experience exciting cultures as people without a disability. At the same time, many of us are much worried about the potential challenges we might face. This often means that people with disabilities shy away from visiting the places they dream of.  

 

Fortunately there has been a lot of awareness work focussing on accessible tourism in recent years. On the one hand more and more locations improve their infrastructure and expand their services to make it easier and more enjoyable for people with disabilities. On the other hand there is an increasing number of very experienced tour-operators providing all the hands-on assistance and the local knowledge that is needed to enable people with disabilities to have the time of their life. For today’s article I teamed up with Access2Africa Safaris from South Africa to present one such company and their incredible work.

 

Access2Africa Safaris

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Life hacks: A good socket fit is the key to an active life style

Developing ways of dealing with socket problems while you are out on a trail is essential for an active life.
Developing ways of dealing with socket problems while you are out on a trail is essential for an active life.

A Good Socket Fit Needs A Creative Mindset And The Guts To Improvise

Most amputees know that the key to an active lifestyle is a well-fitting socket. Most amputees also know that the process to get a well-fitting socket can be long, tedious, and often frustrating. And to make things even more complicated, even if you manage to bring this process to a successful end - read: If you have a socket that feels good, is comfortable to wear all day long while being snug enough to be active and use the leg in all kinds of situations - your residual limb can change and - as a result - your overall situation changes. Either over the course of a day, from one week to the next, or over a longer period of time. This can be a change along a trajectory, a trend in a given direction. Or it can be oscillating. So changes without a clear direction to where the journey is leading to. And while more significant changes need to be addressed together with your prosthetist, there are some options you have to fix things yourself. This can be handy if you feel the need for adjustments over the course of day, for example while on a walk or when away on holidays with no access to a prosthetist. 

 

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Inclusion in a lovely children's book

Aston Heath's children's book about Mosha, the amputee elephant is inspired by a real story (pictures courtesy of Aston Heath)
Aston Heath's children's book about Mosha, the amputee elephant is inspired by a real story (pictures courtesy of Aston Heath)

A Lovely Children’s Book About 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. Being an amputee myself this was something I had to see for myself.

 

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The only newsletter amputees really need

How to manage the right mix between being well-informed without drowning in newsletters and news alerts?
How to manage the right mix between being well-informed without drowning in newsletters and news alerts?

Balance Being Informed With Information Overload

Let’s face it. Many of us are drowning in emails, have an almost endless list of ‚I should really read this article’ items, while simultaneously trying to keep up with interesting trends and new developments on social media and the news. And yes, it is great to be a well informed amputee. Someone who is on top of exciting research that has the power to positively affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with a limb difference. And yes, it can be a live-changing moment if you stumble across information about funding opportunities that open the door to a new activity, the possibility to participate in special events, or to finally be able to purchase the adaptive equipment you just couldn’t afford by yourself. And yes, there are pioneering initiatives out there that are worth learning more about. And often the best way to stay in the loop is by signing up to a number of newsletters from a wide range of organizations that deliver most of these news straight into your inbox. But these mails still need to be read. And we all know it’s not easy to find the time to do all that without it becoming a full-time job. 

 

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Marsha Danzig passed away

A tragic loss for our community: Marsha Danzig died of Covid19 in early January 2022
A tragic loss for our community: Marsha Danzig died of Covid19 in early January 2022

Marsha Danzig, 1962-2022

The year started with a huge loss for the global amputee community. Marsha Danzig passed away. Marsha has been a pioneer when it comes to yoga for amputees as well as general healthy for mind, body, and soul for people with limb differences. Her classes as well as her book ‚Yoga for Amputees‘ have been an invitation to so many of us to start our journey towards - in Marsha’s words - what amputees want :“Physical freedom, a relaxed psyche, and a feeling of calm in the face of uncertainty.” 

 

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In transition - Welcome 2022

Reflecting about the past, dreaming about the future, and most of all being present in the here and now.
Reflecting about the past, dreaming about the future, and most of all being present in the here and now.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead, Being In The Here And Now.

Hello, you lovely lot. Greetings from the Bergische Land in Germany. I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas time, were able to enjoy some peaceful days with family and loved ones, and had a good start into the new year. May 2022 be a good year, a peaceful year, a year with just the right balance of quality time at home and mind-boggling adventures out in the wild. Be healthy, be happy - all the rest is background music. 

 

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Charging your Genium via USB - Tested on tour

Making use of the sunny days to power my microprocessor knee.
Making use of the sunny days to power my microprocessor knee.

Charging Your Genium Via USB - Tested On Tour

This is a game-changer for active amputees. Honestly. The possibility to charge my micro-processor knee from a power bank finally takes away the - in my exes rather annoying - limitation of needing to be near an electricity outlet every four to five days. Because even if I am somewhere near a socket, charging my leg is not always as straightforward as you might think. I have spent many weeks on numerous campgrounds and still found it hard to charge my leg regularly. But these days are over now.

 

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Lade dein Genium über USB - Unterwegs getestet

Making use of the sunny days to power my microprocessor knee.
Making use of the sunny days to power my microprocessor knee.

Lade Dein Genium Über USB - Auf Tour Getestet

Für aktive Amputierte ist das hier ein echter Gamechanger. Ehrlich. Die Möglichkeit, mein Mikroprozessor-Knie über eine Powerbank aufzuladen, hebt endlich die - in meinen Augen eher lästige – Einschränkung auf, alle vier bis fünf Tage in der Nähe einer Steckdose sein zu müssen. Denn selbst wenn ich irgendwo in der Nähe einer Steckdose bin, ist das Aufladen meines Beins nicht immer so einfach, wie man denken könnte. Ich habe viele Wochen auf zahlreichen Campingplätzen verbracht und fand es trotzdem schwierig, mein Bein regelmäßig aufzuladen. Aber diese Zeiten sind jetzt vorbei.

 

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The silence of the Active Amputee

I needed to take some time off. And here are the reasons why.
I needed to take some time off. And here are the reasons why.

It's Been Silent On The Blog And The Podcast

Hi there, greetings from Hoffnungsthal (the Valley of Hope). I hope these lines find you all well and in good spirits. This is just a quick update from me and a little explanation why it's been quiet here on the blog (and the podcast, too).

 

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Amputee parenthood IV: Parenthood after sepsis

Enjoying life again after losing her limbs to a sepsis: Wendi with her family (picture courtesy of Wendi Locatelli)
Enjoying life again after losing her limbs to a sepsis: Wendi with her family (picture courtesy of Wendi Locatelli)

A Life After Sepsis

In our last article of The Active Amputee’s Spring Special on amputee parenthood we hear from sepsis survivor and quadruple amputee Wendi Locatelli. Wendi talks openly about her physical, mental and emotional challenges. She talks openly about her fears that her children are teased because of their mother’s disability. And she talks about the immense relief of having a husband, a family and wider community to fall on onto, to rely on, to help.

 

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Amputee parenthood III: Triple amputee and mother

"My husband Dave wanted to have two or three children and I was supposed to be the mom." (picture courtesy of Linda Olson)
"My husband Dave wanted to have two or three children and I was supposed to be the mom." (picture courtesy of Linda Olson)

Ob Baby...We're Going To Have Kids!

Oh no! This can’t be right! I looked at the positive home pregnancy test again. Come on, make that color change some more. I sat still for a while and waited. Pregnancy was not on my list of things to do right now. 

 

Nine months earlier I’d lost both legs above the knee and my right arm just below the shoulder in a train vs car accident. I learned to walk with prostheses using a quad cane and was planning to move back to Los Angeles where I would live by myself and finish the last nine months of my Radiology residency. My thump-thud, toy-soldier walk was loud and looked funny but got me where I needed to go. Doing things with one hand was becoming easier. 

 

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Amputee parenthood II: Pregnant as an amputee

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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Amputee parenthood I: Whether to have children or not

A year after her amputation, Jasmin and her husband think about having children (Picture courtesy of Jasmin Lindenmaier)
A year after her amputation, Jasmin and her husband think about having children (Picture courtesy of Jasmin Lindenmaier)

Desire To Have Children After An Amputation?

Today we start with another special. A series of articles dedicated to a one special topic, one specific challenge or one impressive person. And this week it’s all about being an amputee parent. Even without a limb difference, the idea of suddenly being responsible for a child can be daunting. Immense joy is often mixed with feelings of fear and being completely overwhelmed. Even more so if you are an amputee. So throughout the course of this week we hear from four amputees, learning about their thoughts on parenthood. Jasmin, a young women from Germany with an above knee amputation - and a regular contributor to The Active Amputee - kicks-off our Summer Special on parenthood as a person with a limb difference.

 

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Access Adventures - An active summer for people with limb differences

A double amputee waterskiing (picture courtesy of Access Adventures)
A double amputee waterskiing (picture courtesy of Access Adventures)

Be Ready For An Action-Filled Sommer On The Water

Summer is here. And with it a great season to try out something new. With the lock-down of recent months coming to an end (and hopefully doing so for good), many of us are eager to get out and be active. People with limb differences had been hit especially hard in the past year as many of the support organizations were closed or had to cut their services to a bare minimum. But things are slowly getting back to normal - or how ever we chose to call the new situation - and many of the organizations assisting people with disabilities to live and active and rewarding life are back. One of them is Access Adventures, an amazing organization aiming to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities through organising outdoor adaptive camps. So if you fancy trying water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, biking, kiting or the like Access Adventures might be what you are looking for. 

 

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Access Adventures - Im Sommer aktiv trotz körperlicher Einschränkungen

Beidseitig amputiert und dennoch Wasserski fahren (Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Access Adventures)
Beidseitig amputiert und dennoch Wasserski fahren (Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Access Adventures)

Sei Bereit Für Einen Actionreichen Sommer Auf Dem Wasser

Der Sommer ist da. Und damit auch bene jene großartige Jahreszeit, um mal wieder etwas Neues auszuprobieren. Jetzt, wo der Lockdown der letzten Monate zu Ende geht (und das hoffentlich für immer), wollen viele von uns raus und aktiv werden. Menschen mit Behinderungen hatten es im vergangenen Jahr besonders schwer, da viele Hilfsorganisationen geschlossen waren oder ihre Dienste auf ein Minimum reduzieren mussten. Doch langsam kehren die Dinge wieder zur Normalität zurück - oder wie auch immer wir die neue Situation nennen wollen - und viele der Organisationen, die Menschen mit Behinderungen dabei helfen, ein aktives und erfülltes Leben zu führen, sind wieder da. Eine von ihnen ist Access Adventures, eine erstaunliche Organisation, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, die Lebensqualität von Menschen mit körperlichen Behinderungen durch ein vielfältiges Angebot von adaptiven Outdoor-Camps zu verbessern. Wenn du also Lust hast, Wasserski, Wakeboarding, Kajakfahren, Radfahren, Kiten oder Ähnliches auszuprobieren, dann ist Access Adventures vielleicht genau das Richtige für dich.   

 

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OttoBock's 3R80 Knee

Finding the right prosthetic device for you and your life style can be a daunting process.
Finding the right prosthetic device for you and your life style can be a daunting process.

A Workhorse Of A Knee

Looking through my analytics from this side, I noticed that a review I did of OttoBock's 3R80 some time back still attracts loads of interest from the audience. So I though I re-publish this article, make it easier to find, and thus bring it back to people's attention.

 

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Das 3R80 von OttoBock im Alltags-Test

Die Suche nach der richtigen Prothese für dich und deinen Lebensstil kann ein entmutigender Prozess sein.
Die Suche nach der richtigen Prothese für dich und deinen Lebensstil kann ein entmutigender Prozess sein.

Ein Arbeitstier Unter Den Knien

Beim Durchsehen meiner Statistiken dieser Seite ist mir aufgefallen, dass ein Artikel, den ich bereits vor einiger Zeit über das 3R80 von Otto Bock geschrieben habe, immer noch auf großes Interesse stößt. Also dachte ich mir, ich veröffentliche diesen Artikel erneut, mache ihn leichter auffindbar und gebe ihm so noch einmal die Aufmerksamkeit, die er verdient. 

 

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Peers und Aufklärung

Neue Kooperation mit Kim Cremer (Dank für das Bild geht an Kim Cremer).
Neue Kooperation mit Kim Cremer (Dank für das Bild geht an Kim Cremer).

Den Weg Nicht Alleine Gehen Müssen

Heute habe ich das Vergnügen, einen Artikel von Kim Cremers Blog 'Das Leben geht weiter, auch wenn es humpelt' posten zu können. Vielen von euch ist Kim aka Kimii.b.c wahrscheinlich von Instagram bekannt. Kim und ich wollen über die kommenden Monate immer mal wieder was zusammen machen. Und der heute Post stellt den Auftakt für diese neue Kooperation das.  

 

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Peer support and eduction

New cooperation with Kim Cremer (Picture courtesy of Kim Cremer).
New cooperation with Kim Cremer (Picture courtesy of Kim Cremer).

Not Having To Walk The Path Alone

Today I have the pleasure of posting an article from Kim Cremer's blog 'Life goes on, even with a limp'. Many of you probably know Kim aka Kimii.b.c from Instagram. Kim and I plan to do collaborate every now and then over the coming months. And today's post is the kick-off for this new cooperation.   

 

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Wieder auf die Beine kommen

Die Arbeit an einem sauberen Gangbild kennen alle Amputierten (der Dank für die Bilder geht an Stella).
Die Arbeit an einem sauberen Gangbild kennen alle Amputierten (der Dank für die Bilder geht an Stella).

Standphasen-Unterstützende Übungen Aus Der Gehschule

Das Gehen ist ein komplexes Zusammenspiel von Bewegungen der Gelenke, der Muskelaktivität und der Wahrnehmung der einzelnen Körperpositionen. Ein Gangzyklus setzt sich aus Standphase (60%) und Schwungphase (40%) zusammen. Ein zentraler Punkt in der Gehschule ist die neu zu erlernende Verlagerung des Körperschwerpunktes zur Prothesenseite, um eine sichere Standphase während des Gehens zu ermöglichen. Nach einer Beinamputation richtet sich das Gefühl der Körpermitte zu der erhaltenen Seite aus und es herrscht eine Diskrepanz zwischen der subjektiven und objektiven Wahrnehmung des mittig ausgerichteten Standes. Die Verlagerung des Körperschwerpunktes zum Standbein und die Aktivität der Muskulatur im Bein und im Rumpf sind Voraussetzungen für einen stabilen Einbeinstand. Hierdurch wird ein sicheres Durchschwingen der Gegenseite ermöglicht. Ist die Muskulatur nicht kräftig genug, um den Einbeinstand zu stabilisieren, können Gangbildabweichungen wie z.B. eine Seitwärtsneigung im Oberkörper zur Prothesenseite auftreten oder die Nutzung von Gehhilfen erforderlich machen.

 

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Components for a cause

Offering assistance where it is most needed - ROMP's work in Guatemala (picture courtesy of ROMP).
Offering assistance where it is most needed - ROMP's work in Guatemala (picture courtesy of ROMP).

A Call To Action: Recycle For Mobility

There is great inequality in the worldwide distribution of prosthetic components: The supply is worst in populations with the highest need. It’s tragic that so many components are oversupplied in higher-income countries while countless people in lower- and middle-income countries remain immobilized by the lack of components. This mismatch occurs every time an outgrown prosthesis gets shoved into a closet in the United States, or a non-billable component gets shelved in a warehouse in Germany. The solution to improving supply doesn’t lie in catchy ‘appropriate technology for the poor’. Instead it lies in improved access to components that already exist. To achieve this we must all be part of the solution: We must all choose to recycle for mobility.  

 

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Repost of one of my favorite pieces: Poetry in motion

The amazing feeling of running again - after 28 years (picture courtesy of Andrea Swallow)
The amazing feeling of running again - after 28 years (picture courtesy of Andrea Swallow)

Andrea's Journey To Acceptance

Here is something I wrote a couple of years ago when I started running again; for the first time in 28 years. As a teen, running was my love and outlet. I never wanted to pursue it as an amputee because I was convinced that the feeling could not be re-created as I remembered it. Until the blade. How I love that blade. 

 

The journey through re-discovering running turned into so much more for me. It further cultured an acceptance of my body, my self and a respect for the way it carries me through life. It fuelled my desire to push how society defines disability as a negative and to challenge the perceptions we all carry  within us regarding our own abilities.

 

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International Women's Day: From challenge comes change

After fundraising for her own prosthesis, Josephine now assist others to come to terms with limb loss (picture courtesy of Josephine Bridges)
After fundraising for her own prosthesis, Josephine now assist others to come to terms with limb loss (picture courtesy of Josephine Bridges)

Women Who Challenge Stereotypes

Earlier this week we saw people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day, a global holiday to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Furthermore the day is also a focal point in the women's rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.

 

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Four seasons, four regions in Germany, four long-distance hikes

Looking forward to start with my new project.
Looking forward to start with my new project.

My New Hiking Project Finally Takes Off

This new project of mine has been in the making for long. Far too long actually, if you ask me. But it looks as if I can soon move from thinking about it to actually getting started with it. Finally. And more than a year behind schedule. Honestly, I can’t wait to get going. But wait a minute; what am I actually talking about? Well…. I am talking about a new walking project of mine. A project I have been playing around with for some time. A project have been changing over and over again until it finally felt right. A project that might take up to two years to complete.

 

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February update: 12 challenges to celebrate the year I will turn 50

I will take on 12 extra challenges in 2021 to mark the year I am turning 50.
I will take on 12 extra challenges in 2021 to mark the year I am turning 50.

Update For February

Last month I announced yet another challenge for 2021. As I turn 50 this year, I want to add 12 more challenges for this year, One per month.  And each and every one of these challenges will centre around the number 50. I asked for your ideas of what these challenges and special activities should do. And you sent me your ideas. Some are more of a sporty and adventurous nature, others are different and focus on books, music, and other passions of mine. And as January saw me crack the 'being able to do 50 push-ups in one go' challenge, I decided on a book one for February. You asked about my 50 favorite books. And here is my list (an ever-changing list, I must admit).

 

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Top articles on my blog: Amputee parenthood after sepsis

Enjoying life again after losing her limbs to a sepsis: Wendi with her family (picture courtesy of Wendi Locatelli)
Enjoying life again after losing her limbs to a sepsis: Wendi with her family (picture courtesy of Wendi Locatelli)

A Life After Sepsis

Today I am re-publishing one of the most-read articles on my blog. Since this post was first published about two years ago, Wendi's honest and life-affirming report has found an ever-increasing audience. Wendi is a sepsis survivor and quadruple amputee. And she openly talks about her physical, mental and emotional challenges. As this has been such an important source of information for many - especially young - people with a limb difference, I decided to publish Wendi's post again.

 

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12 challenges to celebrate the year I will turn 50

I will take on 12 extra challenges in 2021 to mark the year I am turning 50.
I will take on 12 extra challenges in 2021 to mark the year I am turning 50.

12 Months, 12 Extra Challenges, All Of Them Involving The Number 50

The headline says it all. Well, almost all, that is. This year I am turning 50. It's still a few months down the line - end of September, to be precise - and I thought that's a great incentive to take on a few extra challenges this year. And after some soul searching and some playing around with a wide range of possible options I have settled on the following: In 2021 I will take on one additional challenge per month. And each and every one of these challenges will centre around the number 50. What could this look like? Well, the details are further down below. And some ideas of how to get involved.

 

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USB charging device for microprocessor knees

Another big step towards more independence as an amputee.
Another big step towards more independence as an amputee.

USB-Charger: Another Game Changer For Active Amputees

Yes, finally it’s out. The USB charging device from OttoBock to charge its microprocessor knees. This is something I have been waiting for for a long time. And looking back at the last 20odd years, this device will be up there among the few items which really broke new grounds for active amputees. After the introduction of microprocessor knees and the first fully waterproof microprocessor devices this charger is another big step to be fully independent. 

 

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Welcome back to 2021

A nice winter walk in the first day of the new year.
A nice winter walk in the first day of the new year.

Welcome Back For Another Year Of Mind- Boggling Adventures!

Happy new year to you all. I hope you had a nice and peaceful Christmas break and a good start into the new year. I hope 2021 will be a good year for all of you.

 

Today I would like to give you a quick overview of what I have been up to, what is on my list for the coming weeks, and where I would love to get you involved. So.... drum roll please!

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The evolution of smart prosthetics

Active amputees rely on research and development and benefit from the ever-evolving progress in the prosthetic sector.
Active amputees rely on research and development and benefit from the ever-evolving progress in the prosthetic sector.

Linking Prosthetic Devices To The Wearer's Nervous System

2020 is slowly coming to an end. So this is the last article for this year. But before The Active Amputee heads for a holiday break, I am very happy to announce a new partnership. Larry Borowsky from Amplitude Magazin and I have decided to team up for a series of articles for 2021. This will allow us to share more information, strengthen our ties, and thus serve the limb loss community even better. Today's article by Larry on the evolution of smart prosthetics kicks off this new partnership. And I am already looking forward to more exciting conversations in the future.

 

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Books by and about people with a limb difference

One of the many great books about people with a limb difference: Yoga for Amputees by Marsha Therese Danzig.
One of the many great books about people with a limb difference: Yoga for Amputees by Marsha Therese Danzig.

Christmas Special For Active Amputees

In recent years more and more books focussing on what it means to live a rewarding life as an amputee/person with a limb difference have been published. So after the recent article about brilliant TED talks, I would now like to draw your attention to a handful of amazing books by and about people with a limb difference. All of them have talked about their respective book in the latest episode of The Active Amputee Podcast.

 

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Infotainment at its best: Amazing TED Talks

Deise Nishimura sharing her story on TED (picture courtesy of Deise Nishimura)
Deise Nishimura sharing her story on TED (picture courtesy of Deise Nishimura)

12 TED Talks Every Amputee Should Listen To

Nothing like a good talk if delivered by a brilliant speaker with a story to tell. This combination of information and entertainment that challenge my assumptions, stimulate new thinking, or cause me to smile a big witty smile. Among my favorite talks are TED talks. They 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.

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Infotainment in seiner besten Form: Fantastische TED-Talks

Deise Nishimura erzählt ihre Geschichte auf TED (Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Deise Nishimura).
Deise Nishimura erzählt ihre Geschichte auf TED (Bild mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Deise Nishimura).

12 TED-Talks, Die Sich Jeder Amputierte Anhören Sollte

Es geht nichts über einen guten Vortrag, der von einem brillanten Redner gehalten wird, der eine Geschichte zu erzählen hat. Diese Kombination aus Information und Unterhaltung stellt meine Annahmen in Frage, regt mich zum Nachdenken an oder bringt mich zu einem breiten, geistreichen Lächeln. Zu meinen Lieblingsvorträgen gehören die TED-Talks. Sie sind eine großartige Kombination aus brillanten Informationen, inspirierenden Reisen und mutigen Denkanstößen für das große Ganze. Hier sind zwölf TED-Talks, die sich jeder Amputierte anhören sollte.

 

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