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Steve - Vancouver Island - Above Knee

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In 2000 at age 43, a tragic cycling accident (a truck ran into me) brought my competitive athletic goals to a crashing halt that landed me in the VGH (Vancouver General Hospital) intensive care for 3 months. This near fatal accident resulted in well over a dozen surgeries, failing organs, a brain injury and finally an above knee amputation.

After regaining consciousness I started down the painful road to recovery and rehabilitation. Thus began my new challenges on one leg. Beginning with walking, then swimming, cycling, golf and finally skiing all possible again but not without great challenge. The key to rehab is to find a good prosthetist, one who is will to work with you as your mobility skills increase, your stump changes shape and size. Try as many different prosthetic components as possible before deciding upon the best choice. I tried many available knees on the market including the C-leg (of which I decided against for many reasons). I found each knee trail a new adventure, and a great source of learning. A rehab team also needs a great Physiotherapist and gait trainer. Again I was blessed with the best and felt ever supported. I now consider myself a very active amputee, able to wear a suction socket for 12 hours at a time.

I stay involved with sports and train weekly within any sport I can conquer. I love to give back to the community by volunteering at sporting events and help with events organization as much as possible. I try to stay in touch with rehab facilities to meet & help other amputee's in new activities. I can be reached via email at saam@shaw.ca You can also find me on a mountain bike web site for amputees at www.mtb-amputee.com

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails." Mark Twain

Cheers

Steve Middleton
saam@shaw.ca

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