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Levitate Blade Brings Tears of Joy to a New Amputee

Levitate Blade Brings Tears of Joy to a New Amputee

Editor’s note: Hannah Mack was one of the hundreds of people who shared her opinions in the 2022 Amputee Community Survey, which Amplitude sponsored in partnership with The Liner Wand. Her name was chosen at random as the winner of the Levitate Blade giveaway. Hannah shared some of her thoughts on Instagram, and we asked...

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Life Became a Heavy Lift After I Lost My Leg

Life Became a Heavy Lift After I Lost My Leg

by Andrew Gray Over the years, my family tree has had a few branches that pruned themselves. When I was 12, my favorite uncle took his own life. A decade or so later, Mom followed in her brother’s footsteps. And lately, both of my teenagers have flirted with the idea of appearing in the local...

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Sweet Surprises of Social Distancing

by Alexandra Capellini I ended the call as we said “Good night” and checked my phone’s log: We’d been talking for an hour and 35 minutes. Was that too long for a weeknight when I had homework to finish and lab the next morning? It didn’t seem to matter. We had a lot to cover....

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First Person: Top Tips for Avoiding Rock Bottom

by Alexandra Boutté Have you ever felt like the few strings that hold you together have started to unravel like an old sweater, leaving nothing but a pile of worn-out yarn behind? Have the shiny thoughts that used to light your way out of the darkness become dull and indistinguishable? It might be time to ask...

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How Parenting Increased My Confidence as an Amputee

by ShaTavia Godbolt A few years ago I read an article in Amplitude that said: “For people who lose their limbs later in life, it can be difficult to experience a life-threatening, traumatic experience and then learn to live without something they once had. Not only do they have to learn to mentally cope, but they also have...

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1st Person: Restoring a Sense of Balance

It’s been a while since we checked in with Angie Heuser. Quick refresher: Angie became an LAKA in December 2018, learned to surf about a year later, and ran her first 10K as an amputee a month or so after that. She also raises money (and lifts spirits) for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. A...

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1st Person: Amputee surfing

This story comes to us from Angie Heuser, a LAKA from Phoenix. Within months of her operation, she resumed running; a few weeks later she took up surfing. Follow her journey at https://steppingoutinfaith.org/. Angie Heuser rides the waves on one leg Mana is the Hawaiian word for power. The power of the wave as it takes...

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