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Amputee B.S. Thread

Discussion in 'Health' started by hmcclung, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Jun 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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    hmcclung

    hmcclung [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm wondering if there are any other TW members that are amputees and love their trucks! I am a recent (5/9/14) left leg above-knee amputee. Long story short, I fought for 2 years to save my leg after taking ball bearings from an IED through my knee in Afghanistan. I am getting the Ottobock X-3 for my first prosthetic, after seeing how amazing this device functions for friends.

    Are there any other Tacoma lovers like me?

    :cheers:
     
  2. Jun 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM
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    Thank you for your service and so sorry about your leg. Hope your prosthetic serves you well and your able to get back there. (Not the battlefield, just life lol)
     
  3. Jun 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM
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    Thanks Drew! I have seen many friends thrive with the use of prosthetics, and am confident I will follow suit soon.

    Is that '81 yota I see in your sig still going strong?
     
  4. Jun 16, 2014 at 9:54 PM
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    Yep! It's actually my daily driver! Love also every minute of it! Lol

    Hasn't left me stranded yet, but it's about time for a full rebuild or 22re swap! It'll be getting a lift hopefully the weekend of the 28th. I have a build thread on here in the other builds section, though I don't update near enough!
     
  5. Jul 10, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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    Bump for traffic.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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    Thank you Sir for your service and sacrifice.

    I was riding my mountain bike recently and ran into a guy with an above the knee amputation after an IED hit in Iraq. His prosthetic had a built in clipless pedal foot pad. He was absolutely killing it out on the trails! Jumping, blasting turns, really fast. No limits.....

    Hang in there brother.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM
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    That's awesome Glueman! There are so many inspirational men and women out there that overcome disabilities. I'm glad to hear that guy is out there living it up! I can't wait to be limitless again. Patience...
     
  8. Jul 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM
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    One of my best friends is an amputee of his right leg below the knee after a dirt bike jump. He fought for 2-3 years to save the leg to no avail. The infection was a very rough fight. He is still battling blisters on the bottom when using his prosthetic heavily. He's not on this forum but does own a Long Travel 4runner and wheels it/camps with it. Hope you can get your new prosthetic soon and get back to some normalcy.
     
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  9. Jul 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM
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    Thanks Gelo! Friends are absolutely one of the best ways to help guys like me and your buddy keep fighting the good fight. My biggest support is and will always be my wife (newly wed). She's handled everything from long distance, deployments, and all the incredible life changes my injury has created.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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    Definitely not a disability. Be strong and don't stop.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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    My dad is a prosthetic tech at Balboa naval hospital in San Diego. The things accomplishments of the wounded warriors over there and the things they can overcome is amazing.
     
  12. Jul 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM
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    Conquering those challenges and watching others conquer their own is what drives me. There's always someone you think "has it worse" and you see how they fight on and it's about the most inspiring moments in life. But standing behind our own efforts are people like your dad who gives his time and effort to help better another person's physical life- their literal every moment of every day life. That is awesome! Thank your dad for me!

    I'm working on a mechanical engineering degree to start working on prosthetic development and testing (figured who better to test a leg than someone who needs one). Plus i deem testing the limits and capabilities of one's self to be quite fun and exhilarating!

    Peace Bro,
    Heath
     
  13. Oct 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM
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    Heath, Thank you for your inspiring dedication and service.
     
  14. Nov 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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    Not an amputee, but very well could have been after crushing my femur in a motorcycle accident. I walk with a limp and have hardware.

    On a different note, in college i studied recreation and did an internship at the National Sports Center for the Disabled. It's located in Winter Park, Colorado and they have a summer and winter program. They have learn to ski/board programs for both cognitive and physical disabilities. Then they have a competitive program and send all sorts of athletes to Paralympics Games.

    I interned during a summer when i was there and lead downhill biking, camping, and a majority of rafting/kayaking. On one camp out, we drank beer out of one of the participants prosthetic leg. Haha.

    You seem like a guy that can handle adversities, so don't let a prosthetic keep you from having fun outdoors, and i'm sure it wont.
     
  15. Nov 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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    PeeRunner Just passin' through..

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    This. You're a huge inspiration.
     
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