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What type of work does everyone do? Just interested in the level of activity for each person. I am enrolled in school right now, because I realize now that I have limitations. I am not yet an amp, but I have trouble with walking. I am currently enrolled in a paralegal program and working a full time job. My current job is an office manager which allows to sit at a desk for the most part of my day. After this semster ends, I want to have my surgery so I can head back to school in the fall.

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I'm a retired executive secretary, which sounds pretty sedentary...but there was actually a lot of activity involved, because of the duties for which my director was responsible. (Lots of standing, walking, lifting, etc.....) Anything that gives you a chance to alternate between being up-and-active and having some time to do sit-and-rest work can be a good spot for someone with some mobility problems.

That said, we have some folks with VERY active jobs, so I hope you get a good range of responses!

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I work both as a paramedic and safety consultant. The safety side of things has me doing about 50% office work and 50% field work (walking around on sites, etc). My job as a paramedic has me working 2 days on 6 days off (48 hour shifts).

-Kane

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I work three jobs that are all leg intensive. I worked two of them before the chop.

I've had a commercial newspaper route for 38 years. I carry heavy papers into stores or load paper boxes for single copy purchases.

I've been a hairstylist for 31 years. This is the job that really got me after losing my leg. Standing all day really brought on a lot of pain through the day. I actually got the third job in an effort to get out of hairstyling. I could not see myself, still can't. standing all day when I'm in my sixties.

I became a realtor one year after losing my leg. I thought this was my escape from hairstyling. Realty work is quite hard to break into. I've made some good money, but not enough to be able to quit hairstyling. Walking rough terrain or up and down stairs can be difficult when I'm having a 'bad leg day'.

Standing all day no longer bothers me like it did the first year. There are those days when it does. I still don't think I will be able to do this until retirement. I really don't see myself in a desk job. Sitting all day just isn't my style.

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I am the administrator for a charity - which basically means I do everything! I am based at home using a computer and dedicated phone line but I also have to visit our three sites. This usually involves a lot of standing and two of the three sites mean stairs in one case very steep awkward stairs that I hate. I also carry out all staff training (I am qualified for adult learners) so next week I will be running a one day first aid course which means I will be standing most of the day with some kneeling when I am demonstrating.

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Hi Everyone,

I am a town clerk and tax collector for my town of approximately 4,000 folks. While it is a "desk job" there is rarely any quiet, sedentary, times.

I stumbled into this job almost 22 years ago. Back then I was a real estate broker looking to get into work that offered some benefits like health insurance.

There has been many times in the past 7 years of medical hell that I am grateful to have a job with insurance and the wonderful support of coworkers!

Jane

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I'm a lighting designer in the music industry. This means I work shifts that can be anywhere for 12 to 48 hours. I'm on my feet all day, I fly around 50 time a year, do lots of heavy lifting and have to sleep on a bus. When I go on tour I'm working for up to 8 weeks without any real time off, the closest I get to a day off is a day spent travelling from one town to another.

A typical working day starts at 8am with unloading a truck followed by building a lighting rig then a few hours standing at a computer polishing the programming before a quick 30mins to grab some food followed by operating the lights during the show, then it's time to pack it all up and put it back in to the truck and head for the next town. If everything goes well then I'll be in bed by 3 or 4am.

Last year I had a total of 10 days off.

You'd have to be mad to do what I do.

I love it and wouldn't do anything else.

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I'm a chemist. Normally pretty easy (though on my feet all day), but right now, being off my leg, it's kind of tough. Lab benches are high, so working from the chair isn't really an option. Ugh, why is standing on one leg more than twice as tiring as using two?!

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I'm a recently force retired 30 year County Government Information Technology specialist. But I have my hand in a lot of community service volunteer causes in addition to parenting my 12 year old daughter. I have no problem staying busy.

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I'm a Business Analyst for a major Insurance company. Alot of meetings, quite a bit of traveling and working alot with agents. Love it..but being b/k bilateral, it might be tough to stand all day. But..loving music, I think I want to change careers with Grum!!

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I worked in federal court for 17 yrs. 8 yrs in the Clerk's office and 9 yrs for a judge. I had to take disability retirement, not because of the amp, but due to the illness that caused it. I am in remission from my illness and so wish I had my job back. In the meantime, I work a few meetings a week for Weight Watchers (after going to them and losing 25 lbs). There is a bit of set up to the meetings and most importantly I have to add, subtract, multiply and divide to balance a meeting so I feel like I'm using my brain a tiny bit. The pay is pitiful, but I love the members and feel I am being somewhat helpful. I also volunteer one morning at week at St. Vincent dePaul Pharmacy. I clean house, cook (well, sometimes) grocery shop and help out with grandkids. Sometimes I wonder when I had time to work!

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I'm responsible for manufacturing for a seed company in Africa, due to my work I spend about 50% of my time in an office environment and the rest in processing facilities and corn/cotton production fields. At this stage I travel about 1 week a month both in Africa and Europe-US-Mexico which makes is for really interesting experiences going through security checks.

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What type of work does everyone do? Just interested in the level of activity for each person. I am enrolled in school right now, because I realize now that I have limitations. I am not yet an amp, but I have trouble with walking. I am currently enrolled in a paralegal program and working a full time job. My current job is an office manager which allows to sit at a desk for the most part of my day. After this semster ends, I want to have my surgery so I can head back to school in the fall.

I used to own an antiquarian bookstore and now am an independent Herbalife distributor.

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I worked as an educator with children for 12 years. I stopped working when I started having pain in a certain area of my stump almost 4 years ago now. I am now facing a bk amputation which is suppose to happen by the spring. I am most likely going to take a dental assisting program. I love kids but at this point I am looking for a change, it is a very exhausting job which of course has it's positives too. I am just at a different point in my life now.

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Have been a bilateral b/k since I was 12, so all my employment has been as an amputee. Mostly I have done admin/secretarial, but also worked in shops, but had three children so for quite a few years they were my main occupation, but managed a bit of part time work alongside. Have scaled down the last few years and currently just doing some voluntary and occasionally some supply admin work.... and just enjoying life really.

Everyone will be different, different circumstances, different ages, levels of amputation, general health etc. etc., home responsibilities, qualifications etc., most importantly whether the prostheses fit and are comfy etc., but if everything is good, full time work is definitely possible.

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I'm still trying to get out into the workforce. My issue now is my legs being unlevel between my prosthetic and real leg. Standing is just.plain uncomfortable and messes with my back. More adjusting to do.

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I manage a large sales force that services the largest Home Improvement retailer in the world. Lot's of travel and walking around large warehouses.

Love my job!!!

I also volunteer as an adaptive ski instructor locally.

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I'm a BKA. I am a firefighter/emt. I am also a commercial pilot and run a small air charter. I have all kinds of high activity hobbies including alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, mountain biking, ect.

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