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  1. That was great. Thank you. I've never heard of this woman before. I'll have to look her up. She's a great speaker.
  2. Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've been to this forum. I'm an AKA and I'm looking to walk the Susan Komen 3-day breast cancer walk in September. I am by no means an athlete, but I figure between then and now I have plenty of time to whip myself into shape. It's 60 miles total. What I'm hoping to get from any other AKAs are tips, tricks, ideas in general on how to train/excercise to strengthen my legs and hips as I find many exercises for your legs I have a hard time with or am unable to do altogether. Of course, I'll take any other ideas from my fellow amputees if you're an AKA or not. Thank you! Jenn
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    Prevention of Phantom Pain

    Oh gosh, I'm sorry to hear that. :( I haven't been to this forum for quite a while so I had no idea.
  4. I'm really late coming into this thread. I'm a right AKA. I learned to drive with a left gas pedal adapter and had that on my first car. When I sold it, I taught myself to drive with my left foot using the regular pedal with the gas on the right and have never had a problem. In fact, I think it's easier. Plus, if you ever have to drive a vehicle without an adapter, you won't be tempted to step on the brake thinking it's the gas. ^_^
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    Prevention of Phantom Pain

    Interesting. I'm curious to hear how he feels the anesthetic used during your surgery would affect phantom pain. Can you expand on his theory a bit? My surgery was done under general anesthesia. I don't have what I would consider phantom pain. I'm an AKA (23 years) and can still feel my lower calf, foot, etc. if I think about it, but it's more of a numb sensation rather than pain. The only other thing I experience is what I believe is some type of nerve issue with what feels like someone jabbing me with a knitting needle. This doesn't happen very often though, mabye a few times a year.
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    Hey Rikk, welcome! Love the photos. They're beautiful!
  7. That is the coolest idea and it sounds like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing it with us and the pics. Love the beach wheelchair. I didn't even realize they had things like that.
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    do i like my body?

    I think it is extremely normal to feel that way. I "lost" my leg to cancer at 15. Over the years, I went through many spells where I was emabarrased, sad, mad, etc. over the condition I was in. I'm soon to be 38 and now those spells have faded with time. Hopefully the same will happen to you. It helps to have a good support group of family and friends. Hopefully you have that. If not, always feel free to vent here. Big hugs to you!
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    A perfect 4 point landing!

    I've done the shopping cart thing too! In fact, I just did it yesterday. :lol: I've also had the knee buckle. That's always fun. It seems that doesn't happen so much anymore though (knock on wood). Mostly I just do a little stumble where I'll turn to look and see if something is there, which more often than not there isn't a thing, and go on my way trying to act like it was no big deal.
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    Hi there! Welcome to the group. :)
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    Hi everyone

    Hi Ali. Welcome!
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    Irate Would Be Driver!

    Personally, I say go for it. I'm a RAKA and I drive with my left foot without any special adaptions for the accelerator and have for years. I did have the left foot accelerator once but when I bought a new car many, many years ago, I went without it and have ever since.
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    Better Mel?

    I like your new avatar much better. Very cute! :)
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    help please

    I'd say speak with your previous prosthetist and ask for help or a referral to someone who could help you.
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    Reflex action