HUMANA LOGOWhen someone emails you; introduces themselves as a writer; and indicates that they are contacting you as a subject matter expert, you read the email.  Actually, you read the email, respond to it, and pick up the telephone to call the writer.

This very thing recently happened to me when a writer contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to be interviewed for an article she was writing for Humana.  The  piece is entitled   “New Sensory Signals Bring Prostheses to Life” and I delighted that the writer so eloquently and succinctly summarized my opinion as to the importance of well-fitting and well-performing prostheses in that she wrote:  “Pitt Schneider believes a well-performing prosthesis, sooner or later, can help a patient think less about his or her prosthesis.  ‘It can put them back into that pre-limb loss mindset, which then ultimately helps them to accept their limb loss, move forward and know that life can go on.'”

Grateful for the reminder that we all have voices that, when used appropriately, can open eyes and educate minds.

Maya AngelouMy life forever changed on this exact day thirty nine years ago.  Even though it was the day that I could have died, I will forever thank this day for being the day that I survived.

Run over by a gravel truck, my left leg was severely crushed and was amputated just hours later.  That catastrophic loss allowed me the gift of this life that I have been given.  That loss has bestowed me with gifts too great in numerosity to count.  And that loss left me with the perspective to live life fully, to be limitless.

In so honoring this day for what it means, I am grateful to my mom, my dad, my brother, my family, and my friends who helped me survive then; and now, to allow me to thrive and to always be true to myself.  Leslie & Lolly

 

 

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had lunch with a friend who encouraged me to write a book about my life. When I said I hadn’t yet done that one pivotal thing by which I want to be known, he disagreed saying that I had already done so much, which to him, was inspirational.
While his flatterly motivates me to plan my next steps, I will suffice to having others write my story instead. And with each time I see my story in print, I remain utterly honored that it’s one worth sharing and a featured one at that!

Tons of gratitude to the Mobility Project by Mobility Management for sharing my story!

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Always trying to fit in by not standing out seems to be my life’s mantra.  Because of what happened to me at a young age, my life has been about accepting what makes me different while appreciating it for being my greatest strength.  But I am not alone.  We all have things that we have overcome and can use those things to make our lives limitless.

It is truly humbling that mine is a story worth featuring in this month’s edition of the O&P Edge.

 

 

 

1505532_10202483758126966_2138554636_nWe all have stories. And I am honored to be given the opportunity to share mine in an upcoming issue of O&P Edge. There’s no greater gift than knowing that my story brings value to humanity.

Be good. Do good. And let the goodness that comes from it sustain you.

10bw_touchupcrop3.jpgCliches about beauty.  If it isn’t one thing to be beautiful on the inside, it’s another to be beautiful in the eye of whomever is beholding us.  And if beauty is only skin deep, then why should physical beauty or appearance even matter?

It does matter.  And it matters because we are inundated with images of what is considered physically beautiful.  Based on the the images that dominate mainstream media, beauty is manifested in women with impossibly languid figures, structured facial features, and perfectly poreless skin.

Because a prosthetic leg is part of my “physicality”, I’ve gratefully believed that physical beauty is individually unique and not to be compared to others.  And growing up female in a society where looks do matter, I clung to this notion because the images of women walking the runways or covering the magazines did not equal my own physicality.

But times are changing and so too will the perceptions of what is considered  beautiful.  Thanks to Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean-In organization, together with Getty Images, they are launching the ‘Lean In Collection’ of stock photos.  Ranging from the stock photos that fill magazines, catalogs, advertisments, and other media, the new collection intends to replace the “cliched, sterilized images of women and girls”.

And with the Huffington Post’s recent headline reminding us that ‘Disabled’ Mannequins represent that beauty does not equal perfection,  we are introduced to images that portray the beauty of the human spirit.  The human condition.  The visual manifestations of people accepting the lives they’ve been given.

A woman comfortable in her own skin:  what could be more beautiful than that?

These Boots Were Made for WalkingFrom the perspective of a young-schoolgirl who is utterly smitten with her crush du jour, I recently blogged about my all-time favorite brand of boots.  And much to my surprise, I was overwhelmed with comments and emails asking me where to buy the boots and to buy shoes, in general.

You see, for those of us living with limb loss; the idea of shopping for shoes is a less-than-desirable event because looking for shoes that are both fabulous and functional is not easy.  Prosthetic feet have pre-engineered features making them necessarily functional (i.e. proper heel heights) so that they most appropriately mimick a non-prosthetic gait.  Love that.  Need that.  Wouldn’t want it any other way.

But when it comes to finding shoes, it’s not an easy task.  Enter the convenience of e-shopping in which we can literally wander through an entire store, albeit it virtually, without ever setting a foot inside their door. And with competition growing amongst the online marketplace vendors, the consumer becomes the intended third-party beneficiary of their marketplace volleying techniques.  Hello! Great sales, free shipping, and free returns?  What’s not to love about that?

Wanna see what I’m talking about? Go to one of my fave on-line shops and get started.  The beauty of each is that you can search through thousands of shoes with your search terms. For example, if I am looking for flats, I would search “flats”, “low heel height”, or “heel height less than 1 inch”.  Then, if I am looking for dressy shoes, I would select the “evening” option and let the images begin.

From most of the images, you can look at different views of the shoes from the top, bottom, side, front, back and so it.  And in the end, you have thousand of options to find the perfect shoe.   Ready, set, shoe!

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