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Every day we find ourselves in awe of the resilient spirit of our patients. Here are some of their inspiring and motivating stories. We invite you to share your story or picture with us as well.
Megan | Paying it Forward
Every patient finds their own path to OPC. For Megan, her journey to our facility began while watching ReBuilt on the Discovery Health Channel. After seeing Elliot and the staff working for their patients, she looked at her mom and said, "If I end up losing my leg, this is where I want to go."
When the time came, Megan did not take the decision to amputate her right leg lightly.
"I lost my right leg above the knee on Sept. 10, 2007, after a 3 year battle with recurrent knee infections that destroyed my joint completely. The decision to amputate was mine. I did my research, created a list of PROs and CONs about amputation, talked with every member of my family individually about it, and then talked to my surgeons. Everyone agreed that my reasons were good ones."
Her amputation has not interfered with her working towards achieving her goals and dreams.
"I was 27 and trying to finish school between all of my hospitalizations! I've done some freelance writing and have sold some of my black and white photography. I've also done some peer mentoring of new amputees through the hospital where I am treated.
My biggest accomplishment would have to be as a speaker for Kicking For Kids Who Can't in 2009. I gave a speech on the National Mall in DC sharing my personal story of how I'd lost my leg and providing some hope for other amputees and the parents of children with limb loss."
Megan believes in giving back to the amputee community. She is often called to mentor new amputees at her local hospital and is on-line.
"My best advice to new amputees is to allow themselves to feel all of the emotions that come with amputation and not try to feel invincible. There will be some bad days and you have to let yourself have them and afterward you pick yourself back up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward. I've learned to live with my limb loss by attacking it all with humor including creating amputee T-shirts and by connecting with others who have lost limbs.
Amputation is not the end of the world. It changes certain things, but it's entirely up to you whether it's a change for the better or not. Positivity and a sense of humor go a very long way!"
Libby | Living Life to the Fullest
Libby became an amputee in 2006 when her knee replacement surgery resulted in blood clots and complications. She was rendered an above knee amputee after an artery was nicked during a revision surgery. In an effort to regain her mobility and to get out of her wheelchair, Libby embraced using prosthetics. She sought care at a facility that was recommended by her physical therapist. Unfortunately, Libby's first experience with prosthetics was not favorable.
"After several meetings, I finally had my first leg. Very intimidating. As I was currently doing physical therapy, I was able to work with the physical therapists to learn how to walk first with a walker, then crutches and then a cane. With that leg I found that I was falling all of the time. When you step on the toe it triggered the knee to bend and I just couldn't get the hang of it without falling constantly.
I made a lot of trips to my prosthetist but never could seem to get a good fit. It irritated my residual limb a lot. I found when I would lose some weight it wouldn't fit. I would slide around in the socket. I had the lanyard system and the leg wouldn't completely fall off but it was very uncomfortable. I was told in 2010, that there was nothing that could be done."
Unwilling to accept the prosthetist's warning that nothing could be improved, Libby refused to settle. Her friends and family urged her to seek care elsewhere. After a series of failed attempts by prosthetists to manufacture a device that was both functional and comfortable, Libby received a referral to OPC.
"I made an appointment with Elliot Weintrob and let me tell you....it was like night and day. Elliot took the time to talk to me and let me explain what I had gone through. He told me to take my prosthetic leg off so he could see what I had. He immediately said, 'That is a train wreck.'"
After casting for a new socket and changing the suspension system, Libby's new C-Leg was ready within days. Libby slowly adapted to living with an amputation and returned to activities that she enjoyed before her limb loss. She attributes her success, in part, to her prosthesis. She is becoming more and more physically active and is determined to lose the pounds she gained during the five years of immobility that followed her amputation.
"Because of Elliot and Ben and the gang at OPC I have decided to take my life back. I started with a Personal Trainer and a diet to lose the weight I gained since my amputation. I started with walking 3 times around my office building to get my stamina back. I feel truly blessed to have found OPC and I have to say I am happier than I was in the first 5 years with my amputation."
Proudly Serving America's Veterans
Talk about inspiring! Not only did our veterans put their lives on the line for our country, but many of them came home injured and uncertain about what comes next. They served our country, it's our honor serve them. Fortunately, recent changes allow Veterans covered through the VA to choose a provider like OPC for their prosthetic needs.
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