When 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.
My 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.
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!
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.
We 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.