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Amputee Newsmakers: September 2-8, 2021

The first time he got wounded in combat, Marine Sgt. John Peck sustained acute memory loss. He spent two years getting himself back to deployable status—”I had to relearn how to be a Marine,” he says—only to suffer devastating injuries when he stepped on an IED just one month into his second tour of duty....

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Amputee Newsmakers: June 17-23, 2021

Amputee Newsmakers: June 17-23, 2021

Bernadette Hagans made the finals of the Miss Northern Ireland pageant, becoming the first person with a disability ever to compete in a Miss World qualifying contest. Hagans, who lost her right leg above the knee about three years ago to a rare cancer known as synovial sarcoma, hopes her achievement will promote acceptance and...

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Amputee Newsmakers: June 10-16, 2021

Heartless insurers of the week: Sanford Health and the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. Their one-leg-per-lifetime policy leaves North Dakota resident Jason Hunter to layer on 32 socks every time he uses his prosthesis. That’s what it takes to get something even remotely close to a decent fit with his current socket. A left...

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Amputee Newsmakers: May 27-June 2, 2021

The Modern Love column in the Sunday New York Times has never been part of our regular reading rotation. We used to skip it even back in our pre-parenthood days, when we had time to plow through the whole paper—magazine, book reviews, all of it. So we’re grateful to the Modern Love readers who turned...

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Amputee Newsmakers: May 12, 2021

A stolen prosthesis turns up in an unlikely place, a limb-different kid gets a limb-different puppy, two amputee bicycling clinics open their rolls for registration, and the rest of this week's headlines.

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Amputee Newsmakers: April 15-21, 2021

We enjoyed the heck out of Rising Phoenix, the well-reviewed 2020 documentary about the Paralympics. Now that we know the story behind that film, our appreciation has only deepened. According to director Peter Ettedgui, the project was inspired by a single image of bilateral amputee model (and former Paralympian) Aimee Mullins. Ettedgui came across the...

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Amputee Newsmakers: April 8-14, 2021

The first story in this week’s roundup really captures the spirit of Limb Loss Awareness Month. Quick version: A right leg amputee named Kalob Harrison was shooting the breeze with his able-bodied auto mechanic, and the mechanic asked why Harrison didn’t use a prosthesis. That led to a connection with another amputee in town, James...

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