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Heather Mills - Amputee Forum


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  • Birthday 12/19/1962

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    My family, Massage, Reading, Movies, Sports

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    birth deformity

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    News from Downunder

    Hi old friends It's been a while since I posted here and thought I'd just check in. Life gets busy! Ruth and I both have new jobs, a new car and a new address. We were seriously trying to make it across the pond this year for the conference, but sadly that didn't happen. Would have been lovely to catch up with old friends. Maybe we can make it to the next one. It's been a wild ride these past 3 years. Some of you know what happened with our daughter so I don't need to rehash that stuff here. We have both moved on but it's been difficult. We are both in a good place now. Our youngest has moved to Perth and recently got engaged to one of the most lovely girls I have ever met. Really looking forward to the wedding next April. Hopefully picking up a new bike this week. I am totally looking forward to getting out on the roads and cycling again. Also have an appointment on Tuesday coming with my Doc to get a new leg started. The one I have has been getting uncomfortable and I suddenly realised it's over 5 years old. Time for an update! Over at Limbs4Life Mel has been working tirelessly. We have our Aussie forum up and running which keeps me busy administering it. We also have a new forum for kids and their parents to get involved. Our kids program is now a national program and has been rolling out for the last few months. It's been a testing time for all involved and I have been in the office now and then helping with mail outs and doing whatever needed done whenever time allows. We had a our first national conference 3 years ago and I had the pleasure of hosting the great Johnny V at my house. (happy birthday Johnny by the way). Enough from me just wanted to say G'day and here I am writing a novel. I shall try to poke my head in here more often.
  2. How DARE you accuse me of being sensible!!!!!!!!!
  3. From the website Jane.......dunno if it helps Here are a few general points: ~ If you have difficulty controlling leg movements (e.g. due to Cerebral Palsy), the shinfin™ natural flexibility and flex will guide you to a more streamlined kick for freestyle, backstroke and fly. The fins are specifically designed to encourage a streamlined kick. They guide your muscles to achieve a natural rhythmic movement. Their ability to help overcome difficulties with movement control is very impressive. ~ If either or both feet are amputated, the fins will help lift your legs to a horizontal swimming position and encourage a natural, powerful, streamlined kick. ~ If you have at least 20cm (8") of leg length below the knee, they should strap around your leg without modification. ~ If the amputation is higher, you will probably need to trim the top of the fins with scissors, to reduce water drag at the leading edge. This is fairly easy and I am happy to give you guidance, or do it for you. ~ If one or both legs are amputated above the knee, then the fins can be strapped to the back or front of your thigh. If the distance around your limb where you wish to strap the fins, is greater than about 40cm (16"), then you may need longer fin straps (which we can provide on request). ~ Please do not hesitate to email me with your questions and suggestions. This helps me to learn too, and hence improve my service to other disabled swimmers.
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    I'ts Xmas morning

    Crunchy Granola?
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    I'ts Xmas morning

    Merry Xmas everyone
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    Happy Belated Birthday Cat

    Thanks Marcia
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    Happy Belated Birthday Cat

    And the birthday continues Thanks Neal
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    Happy Belated Birthday Cat

    Thanks Flip and Cheryl
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    Happy Belated Birthday Cat

    Awww thanks guys Had a lovely day thanks spent most of the time shopping then got taken out to dinner
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    new member

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    Hey - My story

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    Ice Skating

    Awesome Mary I have been skating since I was 14 and have always loved it. Best time I had was 8 years ago when we were visiting Colorado for the first time I got to skate up in the Rockies. When I was first learning I also had problems getting my feet and legs to do what I wanted and the way I learnt was kinda like skate boarding. Kept my bad leg planted on the ground and pushed off using my good leg. Once I got my balance, I lifted my bad leg and started to push off like you are supposed to. Worked really well.
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    Question about driving as an RBK amputee

    I started using my good foot on the brake not long after I first began driving. I found that I could easily swap my right foot from the accelerator to the brake but I always seemed to hit it too hard. Then not long after I read an article where a study showed that using the left foot on the brake in an auto improved reaction time in an emergency by nearly half a second. Seemed a good enough reason to me to I just kept doing it. Not once have I ever hit the brake while accelerating.
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    BKA prosthesis transition

    To be honest I have no idea but I will support anyone who wants to improve our image. Might be best to contact the people involved and find out. Will let you know if I get anything from them