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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AUGUST 16, 2012 6:30AM

Bad Bad Sports Mom

Sitting in the viewing area last night during Robby's swim class I came to an unfortunate conclusion. I love watching him swim, splash, play and learn. I have relished experience and have thrown myself behind developing his interests and talents. That being said, I think it is fair to say that…

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AUGUST 15, 2012 6:08AM


I want to thank everybody for the outpouring of support that I have received since my Mom's medical odyssey began last week. It means so much to know that people care and are genuinely concerned. The numerous emails, text messages, Facebook posts and tweets reminded me that I was not alone…

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AUGUST 14, 2012 6:37AM

A Medical Hiccup

Yesterday was an unexpectedly long and emotionally charged day. I woke up happy because I was expecting my Mom to be released to the rehab facility. My bag was packed and I was looking forward to getting her checked into her new room and driving home to see Robby (and Scooter…

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AUGUST 13, 2012 6:37AM

Knee Surgery Update

My weekend was spent hunkered down in my Mom’s hospital room desperately attempting to make her as comfortable as possible.  When I wasn’t in her room I was taking care of her dogs and tending to everything at her house.  I haven’t slept much, and on the rare occasions when I…

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AUGUST 10, 2012 6:30AM

A Difficult Day

Those who know me realize the importance of my Mom in my life. She is my biggest cheerleader, my steadfast advocate, and my source of inspiration and strength. I know that whatever life throws my way, she will always be there to love me, to offer guidance, and…

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AUGUST 9, 2012 6:14AM

Power Washing Graffiti

Although I would like to be good at everything, I realize that I am not. Wisdom comes from being able to accept your limitations and recognizing when to call for help. A few days ago I had an epiphany. I have a lot of talents, but painting is…

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AUGUST 8, 2012 6:37AM

Inspiration? I don't think so....

A few times a week when I'm at the gym, I'm approached by another patron who feels compelled to tell me that I'm an "inspiration." I always thank them, smile, and continue with my work-out. I do not consider myself to be an inspiration, but I do have…

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AUGUST 7, 2012 6:35AM

Poison Ivy...

The past few days have been miserable for my little guy. His saga began with a seemingly benign complaint on Saturday afternoon. By evening his little legs, along with his arm, torso and neck were covered with distinctive red bumps. I had no doubts: he had…

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AUGUST 6, 2012 6:24AM

The "F" Word

The past few days have been a struggle. I've been lethargic, feeling ugly, and in a downright funk. I've also been on the verge of tears and overly emotional. In all fairness to my seemingly fragile psyche, I suspect that many of my emotions are due to the…

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AUGUST 4, 2012 9:17AM

Chasing Cheetah!!

This morning I woke up obscenely early. Bleary eyed, I made myself an extra large mug of coffee, turned on my computer, and patiently waited. At 5:35 AM I witnessed something amazing.

I cannot find the words to convey the emotions that I felt when I saw Oscar walk on the track…

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AUGUST 4, 2012 6:16AM


AUGUST 3, 2012 6:17AM

Setting my Alarm

Tomorrow morning I will be setting my alarm to get up at a ghastly hour. I won't be cramming to finish a project or packing for a trip, the usual reasons for my rising early. Instead I'll be waking up early so that I can watch Oscar Pistorius…

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AUGUST 2, 2012 6:41AM

In Defense of the Blade Runner!!

With Oscar Pistorius set to run in the Olympics on Saturday, the controversy of the "unfair advantage" has hit a boiling point. As an amputee and somebody who lives with the reality of utilizing a prosthesis on a daily basis, I find the fallacy infuriating. I cannot…

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AUGUST 1, 2012 6:13AM

Paying it Forward

As my experience and this blog have grown, I find myself spending an increasing amount of time talking with new amputees. I always try to carve out time for a phone call, to respond to emails, or if possible, visit. I didn't have the benefit of meeting with…

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JULY 31, 2012 6:44AM

Non-Anniversary Celebration

This past Sunday marked our eight year wedding anniversary. Wanting to start the day off on a special note, I woke up early and made Scott (and Robby) breakfast. Both boys were delighted and surprised to be granted permission to gorge themselves on bacon and pancakes while watching…

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JULY 30, 2012 6:28AM

Dutch Wonderland!

Friday morning we decided to pack up Robby and spend the day at Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park designed primarily for children under 10. Scott and I enjoy the lack of lines, the cheaper prices for admission and food, as well as the plentiful shade trees. Robby loves… Read full post »
JULY 27, 2012 6:11AM

Negative Thoughts...

For four months I have been dedicated to getting healthier and stronger. Although the scale has been rather stagnant lately, I've dropped another size in both pants and shirts.  Despite not seeing a large fluctuation in my weight, I can't deny that I am getting smaller and…

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JULY 26, 2012 6:19AM

Tracker Jackers Strike Back

Yesterday morning I woke up after the sunrise, a rarity for me lately! The air was fresh smelling and there wasn't a hint of humidity. Drinking my morning coffee, I made plans to spend the day outside, cleaning up the yard, and removing all of the junk which has accumulated in… Read full post »
JULY 25, 2012 6:12AM

Amputee Olympian?

I have been looking forward to this Friday for several months, and I know that the next few weeks my television will be tuned to non-stop sports. I will no doubt become invested in sporting events that I know little about and would turn off if it weren't…

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JULY 24, 2012 6:20AM

Explaining Colorado

Like everybody else, I woke up Saturday morning horrified to hear about the events that transpired in Colorado. The hate or derangement that fueled the assassin is something that I simply cannot fathom. My heart broke as I was watched the television, and I became transfixed on the…

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JULY 23, 2012 6:20AM


When I find myself with all of my work done, I often aimlessly search the Internet looking for contests. I will enter just about anything, but I am particularly fond of those which require an essay. I theorize that the odds are more in my favor for contests…

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JULY 20, 2012 6:24AM

Dear Ex-Trainer

Last week I received a letter from my previous fitness facility. I was reluctant to address the matter in this public forum, however new issues have come to light, and I feel compelled to respond. I want others to learn from my fitness blunder and hope to thwart…

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JULY 19, 2012 6:10AM

Phantom Memories

Visiting the Smithsonian on Sunday has left us all with wonderful memories. Robby continues to chatter about the "ginormous dinosaur poop," often comparing his specimens with the photos shown to him at the museum. Thankfully, Mr. Bill finds the information charming and not strange!

Unfortunately t…

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JULY 18, 2012 6:30AM


Sometime last month it became obvious to me that Scott wanted a scooter. He began hinting by reminiscing about his childhood, telling me stories about being young and riding his small motorcycle through his neighborhood. He slowly began to weave the tales of his youthful two wheeling…

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JULY 17, 2012 5:48AM

Dinosaur Poop!

Sunday morning I woke up determined to check something off my "Summer Socket List." Since there wasn't a zip line nearby, I decided it was the perfect day to go into DC. I cooked a big breakfast, asked both boys to get dressed, and we headed to… Read full post »