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General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 09, 2008, 12:32:52 PM »
JClark- I know what you mean when I was wheelchair bound and needed the space it seemed difficult to get a parking place.

Here in California I know you can get a placard if you are overweight or are unable to read, I do not see these as handicaps that make it necessary to park where someone in a wheelchair needs it. They even have "Expectant Mothers" parking places here and I see that abused by women who may be pregnant but aren't showing. Seems that no one who can walk wants to take the time to do it. those of us who wish we could walk or could walk without pain wished we could park to the back.

General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 05, 2008, 03:49:29 PM »
Michelle thanks for that information and also thank you to all who have shared their stories. In just one day I don't feel so alone here.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 04, 2008, 08:43:37 PM »
Very nice.

I have thought about getting my leg airbrushed to match the rest of me.

General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 04, 2008, 08:42:08 PM »
Thank you very much for the replies. Honestly they made me cry and for the first time I haven't felt alone in this. I wanna get on with my life and do what I used to but my insurance is not that great and I have the bottom of the line prosthetic. I can't run with this it just isn't in the cards for me.

In this past year I was given back custody of my oldest son and we moved here to California from Detroit MI. He has been the best child one could ask for, he will be 19 next month and I do not know where I would be if he wasn't with me. He was the only person to get me to leave the house after the amputation without a leg in public.

People I have found are quite rude for the most part. I do have a handicap placard and use it sometimes when my knee doesn't wanna agree with my mind, and I can't get over the looks and the whispers of why am I parked there I am so young. I am about to pop this off one day and show theses rude people why, but I stay silent.

I for the most part walk unaided, but sometimes I use crutches. I have my leg covered and can relate to the not liking the way the pants fit when there is no cosmesis.

Thanks for talking to me and accepting me in your group. I am sure I will learn a lot from you all, and look forward to the interaction.  :)

General Discussion / New
« on: March 04, 2008, 02:51:31 PM »
Hello my name is Jenise, 38 yrs old and I have only been a BK amputee for 4 years as of yesterday. Yesterday was very hard for me because I kept thinking about how I was before this day.

Long story short of how I became an amputee. I was in a really bad accident which I ended up staying in the hospital for about 10 months. After several surgeries, at the end of the 10 months I was getting septic from the infection in my bone which I had gotten from the surgery. I was then told my leg had to be taken, after a few days I agreed but I have had a very hard time with it ever since.

Before the accident I was a part time model and was also working in a Tattoo studio as a piercer. I ran 2 miles a day and had my children living with me. The day of the accident my life was abruptly stopped. I had to let my ex-husband take my kids, I lost my jobs and was almost evicted from my apartment. My 2 year relationship was also ended because when the news came of the amputation his response was, "He couldn't handle it". I gained a lot of weight during the hospital stay as well, (I was a size 3 and now am a 10).

Well now I am still struggling to handle this, I am embarrassed of my leg and many days I wish I wouldn't have had the surgery. I feel alone and lost.

I have tried going to a therapist, but talking to someone who hasn't lost a limb and is getting paid to listen just didn't do it for me I felt like I was being condescended.

Well there is my story and I hope to interact with others and make new friends, ones who can understand what I deal with every day, and know that I am not alone.

Thank you.

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