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  1. 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
  2. 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.
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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

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    Grandpa Is Lonsome!!!

    I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment Donald. It sounds like you really look forward to the time you spend with your daughter and granddaughter. I'm sure you are not forgotten by them in any way. I have grandparents that ask me to "come by any time." I love my grandpparents to death, and it will be a sad day when they're gone. Like the others said though, when you have a family to take care of along with working and your own needs, life goes by pretty quick. I'm sure she's busy but that doesn't mean she's not thinking about you. I think about my grandpparents pretty much every day and how I need to get on the phone to call or go see them. The next thing I know, the day is gone and I didn't get around to it. It's no excuse. It's how life goes unfortunately. I agree with the above and say you should call her and let her know how much you look forward to those times if you haven't already. Maybe you can make some more definite plans about when you can get together. I do want to thank you for this post as well. It gave me the opportunity to see the other side of the story and how my grandpparents probably feel. Even though they say "we understand you're busy," I'm sure they get disappointed as well. I'm making it a point to call them today. Big hugs to you. I hope you get to see them soon. :)
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    Avatar competition

    Although I can totally relate to that feeling :lol: I'd have to agree with your hubby. Ewwww....
  18. What kind of trike do you have? I've been looking at them but haven't found one that I really like yet. Well, I did find one that I'm kind of interested in but I'm not sure. I would really like one that looks a bit sporty but they don't seem to be made that way.
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    Hi, everybody

    Hey there! Welcome. :)
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    Hello All

    Hey there!
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    Avatar competition

    Here's my submission. :)
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    I've been cruising the internet and keep reading about AKAs who ride two-wheelers with no problem, so yesterday I decided to hop onto my daughter's bike and give it a try. Oh Lord! All of you in the US who are familiar with Funniest Home Videos, I was a perfect candidate. :P Needless to say, I need practice. I don't know how they do it (they meaning AKAs who can ride).
  23. We are in the process of finding an activity we can do as a family. One thing we thought would be fun is bike riding. I'm an AK amputee and have found it hard in the past to get my center of balance on a two-wheeler. At one time, someone had pointed me in the direction of a website that made some really cool bikes for amputees but I've lost the link. Does anyone know a site with this type of thing? I'd love to get on a bike again. It's been too long. I was a kid the last time I rode. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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    Summer in France

    Be prepared for your leg to set of the metal detectors. The first time I went to an airport, I didn't even think about it. Boy, was I suprised! Now, I always tell them before I go through that I have a prosthesis, and it will set it off. They've always been very nice about it. Of course, you'll have to get patted down. I supposed that's a good thing though security wise. Otherwise, have a great time! Sounds like a fun trip.