gainesville, Virginia, 20155
May 19
I am a 36 year old amputee. I am also a Mommy to a very active four year old. I've been blogging about my experiences as an amputee parent, providing a real life account of what it is like to parent with a disability.


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MARCH 18, 2013 6:09AM

Phantom Pains

I am frequently asked about my experiences with phantom pain and how I deal with it. I must begin by admitting that while I have flare-ups, my experiences with phantom pain definitely fall into the "mild" category. Many of my friends suffer debilitating  pain issues, so compared to…

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MARCH 15, 2013 7:22AM

Friend Time

I am delighted that it is finally Friday because this past week has been a struggle, both physically and emotionally.  With my leg finally healing and after being cleared yesterday for limited prosthetic use, I'm looking forward to the weekend!

I rarely have plans that do not revolve…

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MARCH 14, 2013 6:17AM

Just Like Me

Yesterday I attended Robby's parent-teacher conference. During my tenure in the classroom I venture to guess that I have probably participated in well over 500 parent meetings, and I was always comfortable and rarely felt any anxiety.  Of course, it was a lot easier being on the…

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MARCH 13, 2013 6:35AM

Robby's Retort

When I was Robby's age, one of my greatest fears was being sent to the principal's office. I knew if I were ever sent to the office, my parents would not be amused and had no doubt that my little world would come crashing down on me. The…

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MARCH 12, 2013 6:11AM

15 Years

I am proud of myself for suppressing the urge to spend the day hiding under my covers with a bag of Hershey Kisses while catching up on the latest season of The Biggest Loser.  I detest not being able to walk. Whenever I am restricted from using…

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MARCH 11, 2013 6:42AM

The Painful Purple Beast

I spent all day Wednesday playing in the snow with Robby. Thursday was spent at Chuck E. Cheese keeping track of two kids while trying to temper my gambling compulsion. When I checked my limb on Thursday night I noted a little discoloration but nothing of serious concern./…

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MARCH 8, 2013 6:37AM

The Gambler

Yesterday Scott and Robby enjoyed another snow day. Both boys were elated when we received the calls that classes were canceled, and although I was happy, I was a little frazzled when I realized that the weather was not favorable for outdoor play, meaning that I was going…

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MARCH 8, 2013 6:37AM

The Gambler

Yesterday Scott and Robby enjoyed another snow day. Both boys were elated when we received the calls that classes were canceled, and although I was happy, I was a little frazzled when I realized that the weather was not favorable for outdoor play, meaning that I was going…

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MARCH 7, 2013 6:29AM

Snow Day!

Judging by Robby's reaction, there is nothing better than waking up to discover that the yard has been covered with a thick blanket of heavy snow. He only stopped giggling long enough to hear what he proclaimed to be the best news ever- school has been cancelled for…

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MARCH 6, 2013 6:06AM

Gimp Porn?

Due to my job responsibilities, I venture to say that I spend more time than the average person on Facebook. I am fully immersed in the amputee community and have noticed a growing trend. Images of people with various handicaps paired with a motivational saying or quotation are…

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MARCH 5, 2013 6:41AM

True Confessions

Confessions in Motherhood:

1. Everyday I receive an email that Robby and his classmates write at school. At the end of the email each student is asked to answer the same question. On Friday the question posed was, "What are you going to do this weekend?" Robby's classmates…

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MARCH 4, 2013 6:37AM

Lumber Jane

I love the tranquility and the connection to nature that comes from living in the woods. Robby loves spending his hours playing in the stream, climbing the trees and looking for assorted creatures only to return home sopping wet and covered with mud and unknown muck. There is…

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MARCH 1, 2013 6:10AM

Communication Issues

Yet again I have been reminded that the statement "I want your honest opinion" should not be taken literally. Instead, perhaps it would be more realistic to begin the conversation by saying something like, "I  want you only to agree with me. If you have any other opinions…

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FEBRUARY 28, 2013 6:13AM

Adjustment Issues...

During the past few days, I have been reminded of the fragility of my comfort level. Between the carbon fiber socket, the spacers and the foot component, I am reliant upon a lot of manufactured parts. When something is not set up in what I dub "the sweet…

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FEBRUARY 27, 2013 6:34AM

Who Caters Your Lunch?

Monday night was full of anticipation in our household. Robby came home from school with no homework and exciting news. He was going on a field trip the next day, and if that weren't exciting enough, he was going to be allowed to pack a lunch!

Due to food…

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FEBRUARY 26, 2013 6:26AM

The Not So Big Dig

The weather this past weekend was unbelievably beautiful. The cool and crisp air paired with the bright sun shining in a brilliant blue sky made yard work an easy decision. Sunday morning I woke up eager to break in my new leg by spending the day getting ready/…

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FEBRUARY 25, 2013 6:27AM

Pimp My Leg!

When I received my first prosthesis nine and a half years ago, I was insistent that it be covered with a flesh-like covering. I was horrified by the thought that the casual observer would know that I no longer had my leg. I remember explaining my decision to/…

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FEBRUARY 22, 2013 6:25AM

Wal-Mart Chat

In the years since my amputation I have been fortunate enough to participate in several mobility clinics where I picked up tricks and received suggestions from gait experts. I have worked diligently to implement the modifications and, barring socket complications, I have finally achieved a refine/…

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FEBRUARY 21, 2013 6:23AM


I try to keep my work appointments scheduled during the time that Robby is in school. I love the afternoon time that we have together, after I pick him up from school and before the evening becomes hectic with dinner, homework and bath time. These few hours have…

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FEBRUARY 20, 2013 6:25AM

Help Wanted

My increasing work schedule and responsibilities have forced Scott and me to reevaluate the division of labor within our household. I suppose this is a nice way of saying that I have refused to keep all of my responsibilities as a stay-at-home Mom since I'm working full time…

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FEBRUARY 19, 2013 6:11AM


In the past, a prosthetist would evaluate the patient and determine which device was appropriate. The prosthesis would be built and the patient would be fitted without the opportunity to make key decisions.  In essence, the amputee had little or no involvement in the choosing of their…

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FEBRUARY 18, 2013 6:49AM

Lazy Weekend...

The marrow donation on Friday left me feeling physically drained. The procedure only took about five hours and although I can't describe it as comfortable, it wasn't nearly as painful as I feared. The sound of the machine and the pulsing sensation of my blood being returned to…

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FEBRUARY 15, 2013 6:40AM

Donation Day!

Today is the big day! After a week of injections and inconvenient side effects, this morning I will go to the hospital and complete the bone marrow cells. I'm excited because I know that I will be donating something that has the potential of making a true difference…

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FEBRUARY 14, 2013 5:57AM

"The Stupids"

After dropping Robby at school, every day this week I've been driving directly to the hospital for an injection in preparation for the bone marrow donation on Friday. Before I began the regiment, I tried to research the side effects of the medication that has been prescribed./…

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FEBRUARY 13, 2013 6:22AM

He Passed!

Robby has been struggling with his self-esteem ever since his Dengue experience. Being sick for an extended period of time zapped his strength, both cognitively and physically. The struggle to catch up with his peers has taken its toll on my little guy. Robby blames the mosquito/…

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