Last year we introduced you to Hunter Woodhall, whose YouTube channel (with his girlfriend Tara Davis) has more than 100,000 subscribers. But Woodhall is far from the only amputee making a splash on YouTube. The platform is giving amputees a voice and a reach they’ve never had before. This week we’re checking out a handful of people who are drawing big audiences on YouTube, sharing their experiences and demonstrating how rich the lives of today’s amputees really are.

Previous posts in this series:
Footless Jo
Stump Kitchen

YouTube Amputee Channel #1: My Single-Handed Pursuit

Name: Kristie Sita
Location: Vancouver, BC
Subscribers: 207,000
Total views: 17.4 million
About: “I’m a 21-year-old amputee after surviving a life-threatening boating accident at age 16. I’m here to bring inspiration, education, hope and light. I can’t wait to bring you along on my journey. Join my community and get inspired with my uplifting and encouraging family. I love you already.”
In her own words: “This happens all the time because of the nice instincts people have, but everybody wants to do everything for you, because everybody thinks you are incapable of doing it for yourself or that you will struggle doing it yourself. So they’re always: ‘Can I help you with that?’ ‘Can I carry that for you?’ ‘Can I do that for you?’ ‘Can I . . . blah blah blah blah blah?’ And I’m like: ‘NO! You CAN’T! In fact, just because you asked me, I’m that much more going to do it myself and show you that I don’t need your help.’”
Popular videos:Top 5 Things I Do Differently With One Hand”; “Amputee StoryTime: Living With Phantom Pain”; “How I Put My Hair Up With One Hand”; “Learning to Drive After My Amputation