I am a Right Leg Below Knee amputee as of 09/25/09. I had to make the choice to amputate a year after I was in a motorcycle accident. The doctors tied hard to save my leg but, after 14 surgeries and more on the way is was apparent that I would never walk again with this leg. At least not with any really quality and i would still have to have surgeries for many years to come to maintain the leg. Looking at my youngest daughter and thinking about her growing up with her Dad always in the hospital or bound to bed well, I just couldn't do that to her or the rest of my family. Amputation would be the best option. I still have a few more surgeries to go as the leg was that badly mangled. But, I still feel it was the right choice!
I started designing shirts with humor for after the amputation to help me feel better about it. I thought others might like them too. They are fun and great for breaking the ice. My shirts are not meant to be offensive or hurtful in any way. They are not insulting, just funny. It is a good thing to be able to laugh at your self and it's a better thing to get people to laugh with you!
I hope you enjoy the shirts and please do not hesitate to buy one or two or ten!
Every purchase of a shirt I am giving the profits to the Barr Foundation at the end of the year to help people who have no insurance and no money get a prosthetic! Without help I would have to live without a leg. I can't imagine not having one simply because I could not afford it.
I am also a member of the Star Wars costuming club called The 501st. www.501st.com
I am called: AmpTrooper! It stands for Amputee Stormtrooper. With my costume I have my prosthetic leg showing. It has lights on it and a lighting bolt sleeve so that it fits in with the Stormtrooper costume. I show the leg to encourage, connect, give hope and inspire kids and adults with handicaps. It has even been a blessing to people that do not have handicaps. I have met a lot of amputee children and they always tell me that I am their favorite! They really connect with the costume and for them it kind of give them (amputees) a hero character to be proud of. It is a real honor to put on that armor and go out to see the kids and put a smile on their faces! Truly a blessing! Feel free to look me up on Facebook and say hi! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000878362073
Thank you and please enjoy and feel free to laugh!
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