Money Vs. Mobility
Each year, 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. Unfortunately, a common factor in most of these cases is financial stress. When I had my leg amputated at the age of 11, my parents and I had no idea just how expensive prosthetics or mobility devices are. After spending thousands on hospitals, doctors, surgeries, physiotherapy, and medicine, you would think that the worst is over. However, anyone living with a lifelong disability eventually learns that the cost for a better, more mobile life only increases with time, especially for those with limited insurance coverage.
I will never forget the day I finally received my new leg. After about four hours of practice, I was walking totally unassisted without crutches – something I had never done since my amputation 16 years ago. This breakthrough was life- changing in every respect, and was only possible due to the help of others. Now I am able to leave both crutches at home and walk down Broadway. People definitely look at me differently and treat me differently. I get shoved around a little more and people don’t jump up to offer me a seat on the train. In this process, I was reminded that, however mobile I may be, I am the same person with two legs, one leg, or one leg and a prosthesis.
New devices or equipment won’t necessarily make you a happier person or give you a more fulfilled life unless you choose to go out and make it your mission.
By Emily Gray
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