SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Learning how to live again after limb loss

Amputee

James Spiegel

What fitness has done for me being an amputee

I'm sure we have all been in that place where we have been depressed, on medication and confused on how to live a normal life. That was me when I was sitting in the hospital on the holidays trying to figure out if I should give the doctors permission to take off my leg. I had no idea about what I should do about picking a prosthetist, a prosthetic or rehab. Everywhere I went it seemed like no one had any answers for me. I enmersed myself in the field until I had as much information as I could get. My very first meeting with other high level amputees saved my life. For the first time since I lost my leg I felt a sense of community and hope. I knew at that point I wasn't in this alone and that I would be ok eventually. After learning that I can do things and teaching others I found my calling. This year I lost 60 pounds and got into crossfit. l completed a tough mud, Spartian, CMC and Terrain race. Everyday I'm learning new things so that I can help teach and inspire others. I'm also able to talk about different prosthetics and their function. I love my life now and am so happy that I can make a difference.

EMPOWER OTHERS!

Share this story to help change someone's life

WELCOME TO YOOCAN

THE GLOBAL COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY FOR SHARING EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE BY AND FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SO NO ONE FEELS ALONE.

BY CREATING AN ACCOUNT YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF SERVICE ANDPRIVACY POLICY.

Please provide your name to be displayed in the chat room.