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Fall 2017 Photo Shoot

Get seven amputees together on a gloomy day in Atlanta and what do you get?  A ton of jaw dropping stories, endless amounts of inspiration, a whole lot of laughter and all of it captured in insanely incredible photos. I know a few amputees in the Atlanta area where I live, but I had no idea I’d get the interest I did when I posted an ad on Instagram and Facebook looking for amputees in the area.  While not everyone was available on the day of the photo shoot, it was great to see the amount of feedback for people interested in participating, after all, we’re not all comfortable with our differences.  We had a couple of courageous military men,...

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Lifer vs. Newbie

I often wonder which is the better situation:  to be an amputee basically your entire life, as I have, or to have some event which caused an amputation later in life.  I’ve let each side of the coin win the argument, but it is interesting to think about. As a lifer, I don’t know anything else.  I really have no idea what it feels like to walk on two healthy legs and feet.  From what I can remember, I’ve always worn a prosthesis.  I have woken up every morning and put it on in order to get my day started.  I have spent a ton of time in hospitals and in recovery throughout the years (I believe I’ve had 17...

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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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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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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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