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Exclusive Interview: Keating

Exclusive Interview: Keating

In his most in-depth and candid interview in years, Keating, a certified therapy dog who was born without a right front paw, tells all about the bony road to stardom and much more. Therapy dogs can be many things to different ...
Standing Tall: Striving to Regain My Identity

Standing Tall: Striving to Regain My Identity

A person’s identity plays a vital role in his or her life. I am a 62-year-old bilateral amputee who, after 63 orthopedic operations, has relied on my athletic identity to push me to achievement through years of medical change and ...
Enjoying Adaptive Winter Sports: Things You Need to Know

Enjoying Adaptive Winter Sports: Things You Need to Know

Image courtesy of NAC. Decades ago, it would have been almost impossible for an amputee to ski or play hockey. Not anymore. Today, nearly any winter sport can be adapted for amputees. What’s even more exciting is that many are ...
Working in Rugged Alaska

Working in Rugged Alaska

It’s not uncommon for someone recovering from limb loss to feel concerned—or even depressed—about his or her employment prospects when returning to an old job or seeking a new one. But as many amputees who have gotten past the early ...

Don't Be a Victim: Self-defense Strategies for Amputees

Don’t Be a Victim: Self-defense Strategies for Amputees

ACCORDING TO THE FBI’S most recent Crime in the United States report, a violent crime—aggravated assault, robbery, rape, murder—occurs every 24.6 seconds in the United States. Although these statistics may be disturbing, there is some good news. The good news ...
Tiny Dancer Takes Big Leaps Through Life

Tiny Dancer Takes Big Leaps Through Life

Nine-year-old Michaella Metz twirls, tumbles, runs, flips, skates, climbs, and slides her way through life. She is a softball All Star (at the time of publication, her softball team was 6-0 with four games left) and a competitive dancer. She’s ...
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I’m Not Your Inspiration — Or Am I?

Lunch Meat, Marathons, and Adventures in Between “YOU ARE SO INSPIRING!” a woman exclaimed as I browsed lunch meat at the grocery store. I turned to find a woman staring at me and I could tell a conversation was about to ...
GETTING MOBILE: Toward a Wheelchair-accessible World

GETTING MOBILE: Toward a Wheelchair-accessible World

FOUR INVENTIONS FOR A BETTER LIFE ON THE GO A spirit of adventure is not limited to people without mobility issues. But for those who rely on medical equipment, a trip by car, plane, or other methods pose frustrating challenges ...

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