The journey to my amputation began in 2001 when my mom found me passed out, unresponsive, in the hallway at home. I went into a coma and was kept on life support. Waking up from the coma didn't end the story. Instead it was 15 years of struggle - physically, mentally and emotionally. In short, I wasn't living the 'best of my life' for myself and those around me.
The end of 2016 was when I was faced with a choice to amputate. After numerous surgeries to my feet over the years as a result of complications from my illness in 2001, my doctors left me to answer one question "What do you want to do now?" I decided on amputation as I have become tired of the constant pain, the limitations, the poor quality of health and life I was 'living'.
I had my left below-knee amputation in January 2017 and it changed my life - for the better. I know that is a hard concept to wrap one's head around, but I hope that sharing my story will prove how it has.
In January 2019, I had my right below-knee amputation, becoming a double or bilateral below-knee amputee...and I am still living my best life today.
If there is anything I can leave you with from my story, it is that we make our own choices to be better versions of ourselves regardless of our circumstances. I can show you that.
Aristotle is proudly affiliated with the following organizations:
Amputee Coalition of Toronto
Founder and Peer Support
Challegenged Athlete Foundation
Board of Directors
Helping Hereos Heal Foundation
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