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No One Said It Was Easy

Being an amputee is not easy nor is it fun.  Given a choice, no one would volunteer for any type of disability.  Basic activities of daily living will bring new challenges.  There will be days when these challenges carry the potential of derailing even the strongest person.  There will be days when thoughts of “why me” might consume you.  There will be days when the unsolicited good intentions of others will make you want to scream.

But… despite these unwitting “intrusions,” it is possible to lead a full, happy, fulfilling life.  Not only possible, but probable.  As an amputee, it is possible to have a spouse, a family, sports, hobbies, and a career.  You will find new ways to do ordinary tasks.  You will appreciate the smallest things that most take for granted.  Your priorities in life will change.  You will be surprised at the strength and perseverance you have inside.

You won’t be cheery all the time.  You don’t have to be; don’t expect to be all the time because… face it … being an amputee is not fun.  This website and blog will hopefully help you find creative ways to overcome physical challenges and “bad” days.  Some light-hearted humor helps too.






12 Responses

  1. I’m very enthusiastic about learning more about your site.

  2. sue says:

    Have you ever watched the documentary on Christina Matty?

  3. Akinde Aderibigbe says:

    Good evening, my mother’s inlaw was recently amputated in the leg due to the fatal accident she was involved in early this week.
    I really need artificial robot leg for her use.
    what is the cost of various types and I will appreciate it if pictures of some samples could be sent.

    Yours sincerely,
    Akinde Aderibigbe
    Tel No:+234 7038814945
    WhatsApp:+234 7038814945
    E-mail :

    • Monica says:

      The cost for artificial limbs is quite high and varies depending on the needs of the amputee. It is best to work with your prosthetist and doctor who will help you get the exact limb you need. They will also be able to supply pictures. Hope this was helpful.

  4. Pat Schoenfelder says:

    Monica, it’s so exciting that your book is a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards contest!! Congratulations!! Such a wonderful book! You certainly deserve the honor!!

  5. Dawn says:

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