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About caroln

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  • Birthday 01/23/1960

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    Grand Forks, ND
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    I like to watch movies, t.v. and read.

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  • Amputation Type:
    Right Below Knee
  • Amputation Date:
    August 18, 2003
  • Amputation Cause:
    Car accident 9 years earlier
  1. caroln


    Hello, everyone. Just thought I'd check in to say that I am doing great. Well, I'm having trouble with my prosthesis, but other than that, life is good. I agree that there are guys (and girls as well) that look beyond the physical. I have grown a lot during this whole mess, which is a good thing. I realized that I have spent way too much time on the sidelines and not enjoying my life as I should have been. Once he broke off the engagement, I decided that I could either eat, drink, buy a gun, or excercise. To my credit, I chose exercise. So, since July I have lost 40 pounds and feel stronger and more in control than I have in years. I recently went back on match.com, not for the romance right now but for friends to do things with and just see what happens. I have met some very nice people and am thoroughly enjoying my life. So, thanks for all the nice thoughts from everyone and yes, there are a lot of great people in the world who could care less what limbs or body parts are missing and are just concerned with the inside. I, for one, could care less about the others who do care. Life is way too short to worry about them! carol
  2. caroln

    RBK to compete in show

    Fantastic! I haven't watched for a while but that will keep me tuned in. Thanks for the info. caroln
  3. caroln


    I think there are times too when people are just asses and it has nothing to do with the fact that we are amputees. Rejection hurts no matter what the reason and many of us tend to go to the amputee thing automatically instead of just realizing that there are stupid people out there. Of course I'm a bit bitter still but I know it was nothing having to do with me, just a 50 yr old guy who was acting like a dopey teenager. It is his loss and the day will come when he regrets his decision. Will LOVE that day!! caroln
  4. caroln


    I would rather not do this, but unfortunately the wedding isn't going to take place. My fiance' decided that he doesn't want to get married. Not a fun time, but better now than after the wedding. I didn't think I'd be going through something like this at the age of 50. This past year has been something else. I had the swine flu which led to pneumonia; was rushed to the hospital and came close to dying. I had a number of strange infections and leg issues. I missed so much work that I ended up going really in the hole financially. And then now this. Well, they say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It doesn't really help at all right now, but I'll survive. I'm a tough chick. caroln
  5. caroln

    How can this be allowed?

    There are way too many other things in life that I choose to care about. This guy, and his mistaken ideas, are not worth my time or energy. caroln
  6. caroln

    one leg dancing

    Congratulations! I am very envious. I loved dancing before my amputation and really miss it. I have been able to dance again now, probably not as smooth as before, but at least I'm out there. Have a great time and the best of luck! caroln
  7. caroln


    I wasn't sure where to put this but thought this may be the best place. As some of you are aware, I became an amputee in 2003 and was on this site on a very frequent basis. Due to a busy life and lack of time, I am not on this site as regularly. Anyway, I just wanted to share that I am engaged and will be getting married in July. I met a wonderful guy on match.com who could care less about my leg, or lack there of. Yes, there are people out there that look at the inside, they just don't seem to be in the majority. I was married for 20 years and then divorced for one before I had my amputation, so "getting out there" was not easy. I mainly went online just to see if I could meet someone to go to hockey games and do fun stuff with. Life sure has a funny way of working out. Take care everyone. caroln
  8. caroln


    Hello everyone! I am ticked off once again that there is absolutely no coverage in the U.S. on the Paralympics. The only thing I could find was an hour on a Saturday afternoon showing some of the opening ceremony. I looked on the websites for GE/NBC and MSNBC, the stations that were funding the television coverage and the only website they gave to watch anything was a Universal Sports site that nobody had overe here! Why isn't there an uproar over the lack of television coverage for these great athletes? Why aren't we, as amputees, getting together and protesting? Why are we accepting this? I am setting as my mission for the next paralympics, extended television coverage. To begin with, we'll keep it simple and just request the coverage. I don't care if it's on at 3:00 in the a.m., just so that it is on. I can't imagine how it must feel to be a parathlete and trained for all these years to have no coverage to family or friends at home. I was hoping that since there is a lot of coverage of veterans in the paralympics, this would improve, but it has not. It is time that recognition is given to these athletes and their families for the time and committment they have given. I welcome any thoughts and ideas. And please let me know if I am wrong and just have not been looking in the right places. Caroln
  9. caroln

    Getting Married

    I know I haven't been on in a while. I do log on and read a lot of the entries. Just wanted to send a note saying that I'm engaged and will be getting married this summer. I was fortunate enough to meet a wonderful man that loves me unconditionally. I met him through an online site where, unfortunately, most men I talked to disappeared quickly when I stated that I was an amputee. There were times when I was bummed about it but have now realized that it took a while but the perfect guy was out there. I think the best attitude to have for those of you who may be doing the same is to be glad when some make the quick exits because that means there is one less person in the way of you finding the right person for you. We haven't decided about the ceremony yet, I would like nice and quiet but it seems to be growing by the day. I'll post pictures when I have them. Caroln
  10. caroln

    Calling all Ertl Amputee's

    Hi Mary! I had the ERTL procedure done in Oklahoma about 2 years ago. It went very well and I am very glad that I had it done. I live in ND so it was quite a trip, but well worth it. Before having this done, I had quite a few surgeries and nothing seemed to work. Let me know if you have any specific questions. Carol
  11. caroln

    I'm baaaack.......

    Cheryl, I'm glad that things are better for you. The rough spots are tough but they make the smooth spots seem that much better! Caroln
  12. caroln

    Happy Birthday Marcia (mmarie) ! ! !

    Hope you had a wonderful day! Remember that age is all about attitude and yours is fantastic!! Caroln
  13. caroln

    To amputate or not!

    Hi! I struggled with ankle and foot fusions for 10 years before I decided to amputate and life is much better. It is different for everyone, but for me, I became mobile and living again once I had the amputation. Lots of luck with your decision. Take care, Caroln
  14. caroln

    might be going back to work

    I am really looking forward to getting back to school counseling, which I did at the time of my amputation. This school has no problem with me riding around in a chair if I have to or having students come to me when I am having difficult walking days. Working for me is good for the soul. Caroln
  15. caroln

    Midwest USA Greetings

    Welcome to the family! I'm a rbk from ND. Caroln