They say there are no second changes in life.  I think that’s untrue.  Though few and far between, life has distinctly presented me with second changes on several, distinct occassions.  And what I’m about to do today is another one of those rare occassions.

I’m going to Boston.  I’m going back to meet with the people I met in April, just shortly after their lives were horrifically changed by the cruel acts of people who intended to do harm.  I’m meeting with people who lost legs from the Boston Marathon bombing.  I’m going back to meet survivors.

My life changed when I went to Boston.  And the post below describes just why. 
Be the good.  

www.bpdnews.com/2013/04/30/a-powerful-letter-from-an-inspirational-woman/

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Forever fiercely an impatient one, I struggle with living in the status quo. I set goals. I achieve them. And then, I start seeking for the next big goal to obtain. Maybe it’s a degree. Maybe it’s a trip. Maybe it’s a job.

Maybe it’s wrong, but that’s who I am. And that’s precisely where I am as I write this posting. So exactly 14 months, 1 week, and 2 days after realizing what I want to “be when I grow up”, I have not, yet, achieved that goal.

But what I have achieved is a new appreciation of opening my heart, my mind, and my eyes to what the Universe has in store for me. Aa dear friend told me, “You are waiting for your present to catch up with your future.” Yes, yes, a thousand-fold, yes!!!

So, what does this self-imposed-task-master do? I plot. I plan. I ever-so-gently give the Universe a little kick in the arse to get going on the Leslie-plan. While selfish it may sound, the outcome of it will be not. It’s about being the good. It’s about using that which could limit me to make my life limitless-all the while being fabulous.

And as a woman without the virtue of being patient, I’d challenge others to do the same, if the intent is to do good. And so it is.

When it comes down to it, there’s good PR and there’s not-so-good PR. And we’ve all seen what the latter looks like. When I think about PR, or more accurately projecting myself to the world, I want to project an image of someone who does good. Good for others. Good for just doing good. Good for selfless reasons. And good because we never know when we will need to be the recipients of others’ goodwill.
As someone who has ALWAYS loved fashion, my eyes are opening as to how I can share my fashion-passion (hey-how fabulous is that?) for others with limb loss or for others, in general. I independantly created a concept article and write under a nom de plume for an unspecified publication (always the legal mind 🙂 ). But after a year of press and getting feed-back from the readers, I’m thrilled to know that I’m helping people by sharing with them, a few things that I have learned along the way.
As the Universe continues to push me towards this realization, I have the distinct honor of returning to Boston to meet many of the people who lost limbs from the Marathon bombing. What turned out to be an initial visit showing camaraderie in late April, has evolved into continued communications with some of these amazing people-now culminating in return trip to Boston next week.
And with that, I offer a little PR I did. Be the good.

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Life with limb loss means a life filled with adventures. For all of us, those adventures are the initial steps onto our life with prosthetics and onto a life without limits. For me, living a life without limits means traveling the world while getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. But I’ve learned that a little bit of planning ahead makes those adventures a lot smoother. And my advice is the same to you: Plan ahead!

1. Pack those things that you cannot buy at a 24-hour CVS. I use a prosthetic knee that needs a special cable to charge its battery. It came with the knee and isn’t something I could buy at a hardware or drug store. Because I have been stuck in a hotel room with lost luggage and a dead battery, I now carry the cable in my carry-on. This way, I will be able to charge the battery and use my leg so I can get to the store to buy the other things I need, in case my luggage goes missing again.

2. Plan extra time when going through TSA. For those of you taking to the friendly skies, the Transportation Safety Administration has check-points at all U.S. airports. Be prepared with what to expect by reading TSA’s website at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/travelers-disabilities-and-medical-conditions. Because of security reasons, each airport has different screening procedures for people who wear prosthetic limbs and their website will not disclose what they do or do not do. But you can call TSA toll-free at 1-855-787-2227 to ask their TSA Cares staff with questions about screening, policies, and what to expect at security checkpoints.

3. Request a handicapped-accessible room. This means that your room will be relatively close to the elevator, or stairway. The room will have wider-aisles and other passage ways, so if you use a wheelchair or walker, it’ll make it that much easier to get around the room.

4. Bring your handicapped-parking placard. If you plan to rent a car at your destination, plan to deal with parking in busy places, just like you would at home. So, if you use handicapped parking at home, more than likely, you’re going to use it on the road.

5. Research the local area for O&P offices and write down their phone numbers. Don’t know if it’s Murphy’s Law, or what, but invariably, I have been in need of a prosthetist when I have not done my homework. Maybe it’s peace of mind but I like to know that help is only a phone call away when dealing with a prosthetic emergency.

No matter where you go or what you do, always remember to pack a sense of adventure, an open mind, and a willingness to see new things. And with that, I bid you bon voyage!

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