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General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 11, 2008, 08:19:50 PM »
I have had my prosthesis for some 35 years now.  I get stares from people when using the handicapped parking - a few people have come up to me and told me that I am too young to park in handicapped parking - like age is a factor in being handicapped!  Depending on my mood at the time, sometimes I just laugh at them, sometimes I'll telll them to take it up with motor vehicles.  I had one person threaten to call the police on me - I leaned against my car and told them that I was willing to wait for them to arrive.  Took the wind out of their sails!

At work though, people are great.  Most of them forget that I lost my leg.  When I was pregnant with my youngest, I had alot of swelling in my ankle of my real leg.  One of the woman asked why my other one didn't swell up.  I just smiled at her and a few minutes later, the light went on!  After a while, people just accept you the way you are.  And frankly, if people can't accept you the way you are, they are not your friend.  The hardest thing though is to accept yourself the way you are.  You went through a tough time and you survived.  If you can go through all that, you have the strength to deal with the idiots of the world. 

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General Discussion / Re: I'm still alive!
« on: March 11, 2008, 07:54:44 PM »
I had it too.  Temp of 102.9 for 4 days - then my lungs started to hurt.  It took several days before the doctor's receptionist would schedule an appointment (she kept saying it was only the flu).  Nope - it was bronchitis.  They were telling me a work that I sounded like Mickey Mouse for several weeks!

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