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The Greatest Decision I've Ever Made: One Year Later

A year ago today I launched ampuTeez, an apparel line with a mission to raise awareness and boost confidence of amputees and all of those who are different.  How'd I do it?  Oh nothing major, just by posting the first ever picture of me on social media showing my prosthetic leg...and in my underwear!  I wanted to capture everyone's attention, and I'd like to think it was a pretty effective method. I grew up an amputee after a rare congenital birth defect, sorry, no crazy earth shattering story on how I became an amputee.  Once I became a teenager I started to hide my leg due to insecurities, a lack of self confidence and frankly the inability to relate to...

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My Ode to Camp No Limits

As expected, I truly believe I got more out of Camp No Limits than the kids who attended.  Camp No Limits is put on by the No Limits Limb Loss Foundation to educate and empower young children with missing limbs through physical activity, peer support and all around fun.   Upon pulling into the gates of our camp site, Camp For All, in Burton, Texas I was beyond amazed.  This was unlike any other camp I had attended.  The cabins looked like large homes, I saw ropes courses, basketball courts, a resort-like pool, paved walkways, a massive dining hall and the list goes on.  I later learned Camp for All was specifically designed for people with disabilities in mind to encourage growth in self...

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I know what I'm doing this summer!

I'm super excited to participate as a volunteer camp counselor at Camp No Limits this summer in Burton, Texas. The camp is specially designed to offer a unique experience for amputees and their family members through peer support, recreational activities and prosthetic education. Their main goal is to optimize independence of kids living with limb loss.So basically, I get to spend four days of fun with a group of amazing kids like me! At their age I wasn't exposed to any amputee camps, likely because they didn't exist at the time, but I can't even imagine the experience of being able to meet other kids who are also amputees. I didn't know any amputees as a child and it makes...

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An open letter to designers

Have you ever noticed about 95% of long skirts and dresses with slits have the slit on the left side?  If you’re an amputee on the left side, I’m sure you have.  I typically wear long skirts and dresses that cover my left leg.  Not necessarily because I want to hide it, but I’m very into fashion and would prefer people to be admiring my outfit and not my prosthesis, which tends to steal the show when exposed.  I can’t tell you how many skirts I wear backwards to get the slit on the right side. Also, can we get more fashionable flip flops that have a back?!  Amputees can’t wear flip flops, we can’t hold them on!  Cute sandals...

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Be Grateful

I have quite a few girlfriends who hate how large their feet are, others who wish they were curvier, another handful who pray for a better grade of hair, and so on.  Hell, all of us, especially women constantly nitpick ourselves on what could be better.  Be grateful. This is not a blurb on pity, but let’s be honest, if you have all of your body parts, you are damn lucky.  I’ve met amputees without both legs, I met a guy without arms or legs, and they’re all still living.  And quite honestly, amputees don’t even have it bad compared to all of the other terrible things that can happen to a person.   I think it’s important to constantly...

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