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Hello all.

I am 22, from USA.

Am Left AKA due to Osteo Genic Sarcoma at the age of 11.

I have a C-Leg, but am having socket fit problems (always seems to be too big or too small)

Been going to job interviews on crutches. This is embarassing to say the least, but I try to take it in stride.

Haven't gotten any jobs either in 3 months of searching. Makes me assume people are looking past my skills and just at my disability. Very frustrating.

I can't seem to find any resources for jobs aiming at disabled applicants. Google search results are always fruitless.

Anyway, I will keep looking. Have never had any other amputees to lean on for support. It's always been just me.

Anyone having similiar issues? Can't seem to get it together this year.

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Best of good luck with your job search, you are bound to see some progress soon ;)

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Welcome to the forum family glad you have joined us. Sorry you're having trouble finding a job that's something that I've never encountered. I've have several jobs in my life and my current one I've been there going on 6 1/2 yrs. Hopefully they will get your socket issues squared away so you can be standing on two feet again soon.. My only issue right now is finding a guy to accept me as an amputee that is frustrating to me. Oh well my search for the Right Man continues.

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Have never had any other amputees to lean on for support. It's always been just me.

Well my Texas friend, (If you will allow me to be flippant), You ain't alone anymore.

Having my acesteral roots in Texas, (San Saba, Ft. Worth and Lampasas), I know one thing. You will keep on looking and you will succeed. I don't know any Texan's that quit.

I'm a rbka, so won't be much help to you in the socket department, but will sure be here for all the support that I can offer. Welcome, and let us keep hearing from you

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G'day welcome to the looney bin :lol:

Hope things turn out for you with the job

Cat

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Hey Texas person - welcome to the forum. I lived in Houston for 6 years and truly left a piece of my heart there. I loved it. Good luck with the job search.

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Hi Texan,

A HEARTY WELCOME to this forum of ours from Germany (of all places).

You might also try the Amputee Online Forum : http://cybermessageboard.bizland.com/amputee/

They have a sub-forum "Amputee Related Employment"!

With my hopes of ever becoming a porn star (the choice of positions is too limited with one leg only)

dashed :( , I can only hope to be cast as a war amputee in some Civil or other War movie! <_<

I sincerely hope, you will soon be successsful in finding a good job.

Take care!

Kind regards,

Mike

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Welcome to our forum family. Hope you enjoy your stay.

Ally

:)

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With my hopes of ever becoming a porn star (the choice of positions is too limited with one leg only)

dashed , I can only hope to be cast as a war amputee in some Civil or other War movie!

are you sure mike, that you are well with your drugs? :lol:

btw.....i can speak for myself......or has there been a speaker elected for the people from germany?

ciao thomas B)

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Dear Left AK,

Welcome to the forum-I'm an RAK from Australia and although I've never had to go for a job I did have to return to my old one after the accident; and I can tell you my boss wasn't impressed. In fact he did about all he could to put me off coming back. So hang in there-not everyone is so short sighted and some people will just take you on your merits rather than how you look! I appreciate how disheartening it would be and it sure makes you wonder how the world works.

Good luck and hangin there!

Mel.

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btw.....i can speak for myself......or has there been a speaker elected for the people from germany?

ciao thomas B)

Hi Thomas,

obviously our senses of humour do differ a lot.

By the way, my reference to 'social distortions' was meant as a joke, too.

Pedantic as I am - the name of a band should have been spelt with capital initials.

I am trying hard to be conciliatory, but any person living in Germany, is entitled

to welcome a new member with the words 'from Germany', just like you would

send a postcard with greetings from Germany as a foreign tourist.

So obviously you do net even have to be a German to write 'from Germany'!

Of course, I would NOT be entitled to welcome anyone 'in the name of the German

people' or 'from the Germans'. I leave that to our president & chancelloress.

Sorry!

Just for the record!

Ciao,

Mike

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sorry mike,

but you can live only at one place...or do you have a multiple personality?

yes...you are right. our humor is different......

cioao thomas

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sorry mike,

but you can live only at one place...or do you have a multiple personality?

yes...you are right. our humor is different......

SORRY, THOMAS! :P

BUT ... obviously you are unable to understand my arguments.

I live in ONE place, called Kusel. THIS ONE PLACE is in Germany.

So when I welcome or write someone from Kusel, I am at the same time writing from

Germany or Europe

So I would be writing from three geographical entities and still be in ONE PLACE!

Just for the record!

Ciao Mike

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Hi Texan,

A HEARTY WELCOME to this forum of ours from Germany (of all places).

You might also try the Amputee Online Forum : http://cybermessageboard.bizland.com/amputee/

They have a sub-forum "Amputee Related Employment"!

With my hopes of ever becoming a porn star (the choice of positions is too limited with one leg only)

dashed :( , I can only hope to be cast as a war amputee in some Civil or other War movie! <_<

I sincerely hope, you will soon be successsful in finding a good job.

Take care!

Kind regards,

Mike

That forum seems to be for amputee actors!

I always wanted to do porn! :D

Well I'm off to the workforce center to be told it takes 9 months to find gainful employment in texas!

Thanks Texas Workforce Commission! :blink:

Anyway, thank you all for all the kind words..

I'll try to keep a positive attitude.

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Hi Texan,

That forum seems to be for amputee actors!

I always wanted to do porn! :D

Well I'm off to the workforce center to be told it takes 9 months to find gainful employment in texas!

Thanks Texas Workforce Commission! :blink:

Anyway, thank you all for all the kind words..

I'll try to keep a positive attitude.

Hi Texan, :)

I am glad, YOU did not take offence at my kind of humour! :D

Take care!

God Bless!

Mike RHD

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Hello Texan,

I'm a neighbor of yours in Arkansas. I'm a 34 year old LAK since Aug. '05. I can understand the frustration you must feel searching for a job. I am hoping to develope my side work on motorcycles into full time as my schedule allows. So far, things are headed in the right direction. I know this isn't an option for everyone, but my solution to non-understanding employers is cut out that possibility. :lol:

Anyway, welcome to our little part of the universe. Plenty of really amazing people here. So, jump right in!!

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Well got back earlier.

Was out for about 5 hours, pounding the pavement, threatening ADA lawsuits, etc etc...

I was in a train wreck about 4 years ago. Now why couldn't THAT have been when I lost my leg, CHA-CHING.

Oh yah, it was my fault. But, since when has that mattered in the US court system???

My prosthetic came off, and they tried to call Lifeflight. Then I tried to say I was fine, NOGO, arm was broken in 2 places. Did you know that when a train hits the passenger side of your car, you shouldn't be grabbing for door handle. The more you know...\

Not to take anything away from those of you who had legitimate legal implications surrounding your amputations, I'm just pissed I couldn't sue somebody for cancer. Anybody with me here? I'm all for hard work and all, but I really liked my leg. Oh well.

I'm obviously quite bitter, but I guess you've all felt that way once or twice right? :blink:

Anyway, I'm sending out 50 resumes a day. Something has got to come through here.

I'm calling my two bit prosthetist tommorow, he's made better than 250,000 grand off of me in the last 10 years (growing kid, have had no less than 10 legs during that time, plus this is my second C-leg) Maybe he can hire me, or adleast fab me a new socket. His name is Letourneau, yah, you've heard of him. Yah, the guy with the rolex. I can tell that story, but alas, for a later time.

Add to that I weigh more than 300 pounds. Did you know ALL Otto Bock knee units have a weight limit? And I played football on one or two. Have you ever seen a knee actually COLLAPSE? I have, at the airport. Tell that one to the grandkids.

Rambling, I need a drink...

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Hello Texan,

I'm a neighbor of yours in Arkansas. I'm a 34 year old LAK since Aug. '05. I can understand the frustration you must feel searching for a job. I am hoping to develope my side work on motorcycles into full time as my schedule allows. So far, things are headed in the right direction. I know this isn't an option for everyone, but my solution to non-understanding employers is cut out that possibility. :lol:

Anyway, welcome to our little part of the universe. Plenty of really amazing people here. So, jump right in!!

My dream is to be able to ride sport bikes someday, with minimal modifications (clutch mounted on bars)

I dont wanna ride trikes, or any sort of modified cruisers. Just c-rockets, preferably a R6 or GSXR-1000.

Got any info on this? Everyone says I'm crazy, and I'm inclined to agree. But that isn't going to stop me. Gas prices erk me to no end, and being able to claim 40 MPG on a bike that can do 180+ would feel kinda good.

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Hi Left,

I too am in the same boat as you.

At job interviews, people shudder when I tell them I'm an amputee.

Immediately, the questions like "are you sure you can perform XYZ type tasks?" "Will your leg affect your ability to work effciently in the long term?"

It can be frustrating beyond belief...I've been sending out resumes since November...still doing it.

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My dream is to be able to ride sport bikes someday, with minimal modifications (clutch mounted on bars)

I dont wanna ride trikes, or any sort of modified cruisers. Just c-rockets, preferably a R6 or GSXR-1000.

Got any info on this? Everyone says I'm crazy, and I'm inclined to agree. But that isn't going to stop me. Gas prices erk me to no end, and being able to claim 40 MPG on a bike that can do 180+ would feel kinda good.

I race dirt bikes cross country and use an electronic shifter setup from a company called Klicktronic. I have two buttons on the bar-one for up shift and one for down shift. Awesomeblue is a left BK and uses a different brand on a Blackbird. I think they are basically the same setup. I had to do some extra waterproofing since our courses regularly include mud and creek crossings. I think I will be racing in northeast Texas next month. The race is called Red Hill, but I'm not sure if that is the town name or not. I've ridden plenty of sport bikes, but my bread and butter is off road. Awesomeblue (Mike) really tears up the pavement, so he may have some more input on the different sport bikes.

By the way, you can click on my name to go to my profile and there is a picture. I've planned to post other pics, but can't seem to get the brain engaged...

If you have any more questions, feel free.

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Hello all.

I am 22, from USA.

Am Left AKA due to Osteo Genic Sarcoma at the age of 11.

I have a C-Leg, but am having socket fit problems (always seems to be too big or too small)

Been going to job interviews on crutches. This is embarassing to say the least, but I try to take it in stride.

Haven't gotten any jobs either in 3 months of searching. Makes me assume people are looking past my skills and just at my disability. Very frustrating.

I can't seem to find any resources for jobs aiming at disabled applicants. Google search results are always fruitless.

Anyway, I will keep looking. Have never had any other amputees to lean on for support. It's always been just me.

Anyone having similiar issues? Can't seem to get it together this year.

I haven't had to job search since I lost my leg. Must be difficult and frustrating. I didn't know this site existed when I had my leg amputated last November. You can lean on all the people on this site. We celebrate successes, commiserate setbacks and will always listen.

JudyH

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Hello LeftAKAinTX,

Welcome to this forum. I am a right A/K amp. since 11/05 due to synovial sarcoma (cancer).

I am also getting to grips with my socket. I am starting to want to walk more than my leg will let me, but then the socket will dig into the groin and become very painful. I am going to see my prosthetist on Monday, he said that if it gets no better he will do another cast!!

I hope you get your leg sorted and find some employment.

Love Yvonne

xx

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[quote name=LeftAKAinTX'

I'm obviously quite bitter, but I guess you've all felt that way once or twice right? :wub:

Anyway, I'm sending out 50 resumes a day. Something has got to come through here.

Hi Texan,

I doubt if it's a comforting thought, but this kind of job search ordeal is by no means

confined to amputees here in Germany!

My apparent willingness to part with my leg to destroy the primary tumour and any

potential local recurrences was definitely aided by the knowledge that as a public

sector employee I would not have to fear for my job.

[by the way, you can read my story in the 'Personal Stories' Support section of the

Sarcoma Alliance website:

http://www.sarcomaalliance.org/

I wish you

early success with your search for a job

Take care!

Mike RHD

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