I am a below knee amputee and partial foot amputee. I lost my pieces due to an IED/EFP in Iraq 2007. Before this I was a star athlete in sports with scholarships to various colleges. Now I am a loving father and husband thanks to a supporting wife. I farm, hike, still play sports with the kids, race cars and compete in bowling tournaments. I got through this process by finding other avenues to compete in to help with the useless feeling of losing what I was, smiling at all…
From day one I accepted that my leg was getting hacked off. What a ride it’s been!
The amputation itself cost an arm and a leg, but thankfully I was able to get it for half price. I could easily get a job at iHop. My pedicures are half priced. Flamingos are now my spirit animal. And I greet everyone with “I’m a foot shorter than when I last saw you!”
My advice: acceptance is key to getting up and back on with life. Embrace that you will have a…
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie.
“Never never never give up.” – Winston Churchill.
“You can't beat the person who won't give up.” – Babe Ruth.
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher
Choose an inspiring quote and post it where you will see it every day. Recovering…
My situation was congenital - this was always a part of me. I credit my parents for my determination. When I fell they let me get up on my own. My parents let me try whatever I wanted. They may have had doubts but never discouraged me. I had a normal childhood and played all of the childhood games as other children did like jump rope and even double dutch, roller skating, climbing trees, etc. I do everything with my prosthesis; it is a part of me because it was always…
Bernard ''Jake'' Jackovich......From a wooden leg to a running blade!....After surviving ten months of intense combat as a Marine rifleman, I was wounded on Dec.23 1967 by a RPG which severed my right leg below the knee and severely damaged my left hand and wrist...I spent the next 15 months at Philadelphia Naval Hospital recovering from my wounds before returning home to Calumet.....a love for the outdoors has led me to enjoy hunting, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing..the activity I missed the most was running. In high school I…