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Diane N

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  • Birthday 07/02/1961

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    Birth Defect
  1. Diane N

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    bexyna and joyjoy, I have been an amputee for almost all of my life, and periodically during my younger years I would go through bouts of low self esteem, probably just like every teenager or young person does. As the years go by, you learn that your disability does not define who you are, but rather your inner beauty is what comes out. Some people may look at your disability and may not be able to "deal" with it, those are people you don't need in your life. Most of the people in my life now forget about the fact that I have a "disability" because I do not think of myself as "disabled". I am just another person, that has to do things a little differently sometimes. Just be yourselves and everything else will fall into place. Diane :)
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    Hi Sara, I am also an amputee due to a congenital birth defect, don't know if it ever had a name though???? Diane
  3. Diane N

    High Heels!!!

    No, it's called being "human". That's why we have "progress', and don't still live in a cave. We all want more than what we have, or we wouldn't advance anymore than the apes. The difference is spelled out perfectly in something called the Serenity Prayer" God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference . This to me, says it all, and applies to almost everything in life. It's called "Being Realistic". Jim, I saw this quote on the Serenity Prayer and I knew I had to join this website. It has a really special meaning for me. My Nana made a special copy of this prayer for me when I was 9 yrs old and in the hospital after my amputation. I have thought of it often over the years when times might get tough and it really helped because it keeps your focus where it should be. Thanks for posting it.
  4. Diane N

    High Heels!!!

    Hi Shelby, I am also a Symes amputee, however my left leg was shorter than my right due to a birth defect so that maybe why I am able to use the Ossur Elation foot with an adjustable heel. I have pushed it to the limit and can almost get it to 3 inches, but it does very well at the 2 - 2 1/2 inch range. Another possibility might be to have another leg with a foot at a fixed heel height. I had one in my 20's that was set at 3 inches, and I wore plenty of stiletto heels, and danced my rear off at the night clubs while wearing those heels!!!
  5. Diane N

    changing Heel Height

    Hi there, I am new to this forum, and have been recently checking it out. I am a BTK symes amputee and have been for 30 some odd years now. I recently (5 yrs ago) went from an exo-skeleton leg to an indo-skeleton leg with an ossur elation foot. Coming from a woman's perspective - I LOVE IT - I push the limit on the heel height thing and can make it go to 2 1/2 inches, but that is the absolute limit. I usually go for slingbacks or T-straps as they are easier to get on and keep on the foot. It is so nice not to have to change your leg just to accomodate a different shoe. Very freeing experience for me.