Monday, November 15, 2010

True Story: My Leg Was Amputated

This is one of many True Story interviews in which we talk to people who have experienced interesting/amazing/challenging things. This is the story of Ashley and the amputation of her leg at age 14.

Do you know anyone who's had something amputated? A friend of mine lost his left pointer finger in a metal press when he was a furniture maker! Any questions for Ashley?


  1. My grandad managed to amputate his own thumb using a table saw. The doctors used a brace thing to grow the bone so although he still has a stump it's big enough that it works like a normal thumb - if that makes sense. Writing is a bit of a challenge still but he can drive and do normal stuff.

  2. This story came out wonderfully! :). Thanks so much for featuring me, and letting me share my story!

  3. one of my acquaintances lost her leg in a similar fashion. She says she started out with a crummy prosthesis that didn't work well for much other than walking (as in, she couldn't bend her "knees" too much or the prosthesis would buckle and she'd fall over). Now, she's got a nifty computerized prosthesis, and she can do pretty much anything with it.

  4. When I was little, I had a favorite great aunt who had "lost" one of here legs in an auto accident. I remember her showing me how the prosthetic leg came off and I was amazed! I remember yelling to my mom, "Hey mom! Goldie has a dolly leg!" My brother also had his thumb cut off in a work related accident, but they were able re-attach it and you can't tell that it was ever completely separated from his had - I know HE can, but it's still absolutely amazing that we have the capabilities to do such a marvelous thing!

  5. This series of stories is awesome. Thank you for sharing, and thank you to those who share!

  6. I agree, I love this series. This story was wonderful and inspiring, and I especially like the quote, "I believe your prosthesis only affects your daily life if you allow it." Amen to that!

  7. I agree about this series. One of my favourite reads!

  8. Hi I just wanted to leave a comment for Ashley about 'phantom pain'. When I was studying psychology they said 'phantom pain' can be relieved by placing a mirror next to your amputated leg so you can see your other leg, so as if to appear your leg is still there. That way if you have an itch you "scratch" your leg and it should give you relief. Read some psych articles about it and maybe it'll work for you too.

  9. what an inspirational story! i had no idea. i'm so glad we live in an age when people can live completely normal lives thanks to prosthetics.

    my great grandmother lost her leg because of diabetes and she basically gave up on life after that. she could no longer walk and didn't have the money or motivation to try prosthetics. it was hard for my family to watch. i'm always blown away by people who refuse to let adversity get the best of them. thanks for such a great series!

  10. I really enjoy this true story series too. I've met several people who have leg protheses, but I didn't know it initially because they were wearing pants. One girl ran and played sports. Such an inspiration!

  11. Thanks for sharing, Ashley! I found this very inspiring.

    I am an actress in NYC and was just scrolling through the breakdowns on today, and there is one for a documentary on amputees which is airing on a major cable network. You may want to submit yourself, if you'd be into it! All you have to do is create a profile on actor's access and upload a photo--you don't even need to be an actor for this project. And I think it costs $2 to submit to a project.

    Just letting you know in case you're interested :)

    Thanks again for writing this.


  12. This story is great and came at a ridiculously useful time for me. My Dad had his leg amputated about a month ago after a car accident that occurred in our driveway, and he is still in the hospital. His spirits are good now and I hope he continues to retain his sense of humor throughout this whole ordeal. But of course no one would blame him if he didn't.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I passed it along to my Dad, and we haven't discussed it yet, but I know your story will help to keep his thoughts positive.

  13. Hello Anonymous -

    I hope that my story will help your father continue his journey to recovery. Staying positive is absolutely a wonderful way to get through any hardship. Please feel free to contact me via my email if you have any questions. brlracincwgrl at gmail dot com

    Best wishes!

  14. Dear Ashley,
    You seem so well adjusted & strong. I'm so impressed with your open attitude & level headed way you've handled the loss of your leg. I don't really have a question that's all I really wanted to say.

    My grandfather had his led amputated just below his knee when he was in his mid 30's so I have some understanding of the challenges that come along with amputation...but I also have an idea of how you can pretty much function the same as someone with both their limbs. (If not better, as I know with him it seemed to encourage him to develop an amazing) strength of character)

    Anyways that's all I've got to add.
    Happy wednesday!
    Love Chelsea

    PS Hello Miss Von hope your travels are going wonderfully well.

    Thought if you're struggling for interview candidate you might like to interview me. I am currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant & I could fill you in on the trials that come along with this ...& maybe also raise awareness about organ donation in the process :)

    Anyway if you interested you can contact me at chelseagaroni at yahoo dot com dot au

    love the blog by the way.