SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Embracing the Cards You're Dealt: Amputation

Amputee

Emily Harvey

Briefly About Me

I've had a visible disability my whole life because I was born with fibular hemimelia and my left leg was amputated below the knee when I was two. My disability has lead me to my career as a disability rights attorney, it's the reason I met my husband (who makes legs), and has provided me with a platform to share a message of positivity and strength through competing in triathlons.

My Most Ambitious Challenge As An Amputee

This past June, I embarked on my most ambitious journey yet in tackling the Boulder Ironman, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run - all of which must be done in 17 hours. I had issues with my bike and the temps rose to the upper 90's, but I still managed to finish with just 48 seconds to spare in 16 hours, 59 minutes, and 12 seconds. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done, and it still doesn't feel like it really happened even though I was there the whole time. Even though there are times when being an amputee can be a challenge, I wouldn't trade it for the world because I love my life just as it is with the hand of cards I was dealt.

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