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TOPIC: Rebuilding My Life With a Disablity

Rebuilding My Life With a Disablity 7 years 2 months ago #146

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I haven’t accomplished amazing feats, I haven’t climbed mountains or ran a marathon on crutches, yet, anyway. I am just a simple guy, husband and father of three. Someone who has spent four years desperately trying to regain the use of left ankle and foot through six painful surgeries, long recoveries, ten different leg cast and on crutches more than off. In fact I have used crutches to walk for some part of everyday for the past two and a half years. Almost 2 years ago I left my orthopedics office seven months post 6th surgery in pain, unable to walk without debilitating pain and facing never getting my life back to the way it once was. I had to make a choice to continue to live from surgery to surgery that would never restore my leg anyway or find a way to accommodate my disability and build a new way of life.
At that point I was managing, I could painfully walk on my leg to accomplish tasks that were made difficult with crutches. I would spread house hold jobs out over several days as a half hour was about all I could stand before returning to the couch to rest my leg. I used crutches to support the weight I put on my left leg while walking and completely removed the weight when I could no longer tolerate the pain. I was in constant pain daily. My evenings and nights were riddled with serve pain. This was not living a good life, but at that point it was better than facing more surgeries that would take me completely off my leg for months. Remember at this point I had already tried 6 surgeries that were done to allow me to walk without pain. I now had a solid bone from my knee to my heel. I was also on my third highly accredited orthopedic surgeon and really wasn’t being given any solutions, surgical or non-surgical that had any guarantees of helping and when pushed my doctor agreed I would always have pain.
So I made the choice to except my fate and find ways to live with the problem verses fixing it. I had already lost four years of life and my career devoted to trying to fix the problem, I now needed to embrace life with my disability and find ways to adapt to live a full and active life.

To accomplish this I needed to do the following things.
Minimize my pain, by accepting that I would need to use crutches full time.

Adjust my attitude
Retrain myself for a new career, one that would accommodate my disability.
Discover adaptive ways to enjoy life and active hobbies.
Find ways to make a difference.

My first step was not succumbing to being disabled, I have a handi- cap that made life more challenging not debilitating.

I rebuilt my life by adapting to using crutches full time and retraining for a new career. I now live a full active life and have a new career in public health. My crutches get people to steal a look to see what is wrong with my legs, but it is the chronic pain I suffer with in silence with. I now hope my stories will help others find some support and comfort in living with their disabilities. Explore my website livinglifeoncrutches.com to read my story.
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Rebuilding My Life With a Disablity 7 years 2 months ago #147

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Dear Darryl,

We looked at your website, and saw your mission, “My hope is that through telling my story others will find information, support and motivation to rebuild their life after a catastrophic injury.”

Our mission is to give all a way to share our stories to help each other. We will certainly publish your thoughts as widely as we can.

We invite others in our community to reply to you as we have, telling what they think about your story, and what they’ve experienced and learned.

Thanks,

Catherine Gogel, Publisher
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