In 2017 I was involved in a serious Road Traffic Crash. My right leg sustained serious injuries and over a period of two years I had six operations in an attempt to save it.
In June 2019 I had an elective above knee amputation and following regular physiotherapy was fitted with my first prosthetic.
I saw an Amputation Foundation (AF) poster at a Leicestershire Mobility Centre promoting the national charity, and a local monthly Friday morning drop in coffee/tea morning so in September 2021 I met for the first time, and was inspired by other amputee’s and folk about to undergo or considering amputation.
Since then, I regularly attend the drop in and together we catch up, share experiences, encourage, laugh a lot, get advice on a variety of issues and obtain guidance on how to access help and various services available for people with a disability.
Our group often meet up for other social activities too.
Hello, I’m Kelley Schruyers age 43 and have 2 beautiful kids with various mental health conditions, I’ve had careers ranging from massage therapist – learning support at a college. I became an amputee at age 10 when I was involved in a house fire, this took most of my family (both parents, twin + older sister) leaving me with 1 sister 1 brother. Life was such a struggle growing up with what felt like no support. I am so proud of what I’ve achieved in adulthood, especially because Dr’s didn’t believe I could do anything. I do have problems to overcome everyday but so do most people. And now being a proud ambassador for Amputation Foundation is my next step in life, I found this charity when I really needed a family to belong to.
My name is Terri, and I became an LBKA in 2018 after being unable to walk since 2010 following a minor surgery. I have suffered from CRPS since this, so I live in constant nerve pain and was always told I would never be able to tolerate a prosthetic, so I was a fully functioning wheelchair user until April 2023 when after months of physio work, determination and learning new pain management tricks and persuading my limb centre that I was worthy of being given the chance to walk, I became upright at last, but the transition from seated to being upright hasn’t been without issues, and they were not wrong about the pain issue.
I had the advantage of being physically strong as I had always remained active throughout my wheelchair years, I started CrossFit, indoor climbing, and even skydived a few times. Activity and healthy living are my mainstay, I always encourage anyone who wants to try and achieve a healthier more active lifestyle.
I found Amputation Foundation immediately after my surgery, looking for some type of support, although at the time I had no idea what I really needed, I just had to find someone who understood. I loved the ethos of getting fellow amputees together to support each other in crazy ways. It is always good to know that there will always be someone who will understand that 3am phantom pain struggle. I have made lifelong friends and consider us to be more than a family than anything else. I am proud to be an Amputation Foundation Ambassador and moving on with life.
Hi! I’m Kirsty. I’ve been an amputee for 29 years due to a birth defect which resulted in a missing fibula, I only had two tiny toes and a growth stunt in my right leg. I had a very clever amputation called Syme ankle disarticulation. Amputation Foundation has helped me grow in confidence, has allowed me to develop my counselling skills and even after all of these years our new members teach me new tricks every week! AF has also given me two of my best friends which I am forever grateful for. I absolutely live for volunteering for AF as it is a way for me to be the person I wished I’d had when I was a young amputee without any real guidance or advice.
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