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Amped Up is a collection of stories from the everyday to the epic. This is meant to showcase what a range of daily events an amputee might experience, and represent the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens rather than generalizing these experiences as being all in one category. 

AMPED UP

February 16, 2018

   I only became emotional sitting in the car, appointment finished, cast taken off, staples out and just told that I could begin walking again. It felt like I was living in a melancholic in-between world, where everything was somewhat familiar but distant from a tangi...

February 13, 2018

2017-12-29
Crises come up in all our lives. A limb is broken, an illness won't go away, time is taken off of work and routines suffer. For a person with a disability, these events can be disproportionately troublesome. Recently Emery broke her ankle. Routine break, a c...

January 21, 2018

"The best thing about doing these shoots is getting there. Me and Em have to work together to get up or down into some places. Sometimes I forget, and go a little quick or too slowly on an incline, but I've found a good balance and can anticipate where might be more tr...

October 24, 2017

What? I thought ongoing maintenance and frequent appointments were a thing of the past? I have to keep on top of my residual limb care? What if I just use bandaids and tylenol and wait for pain to go away and then get frustrated when it doesn’t?!  

A few months ago , I...

October 24, 2017

We ended up calling our drive along the Southern coast of Iceland the trip of waterfalls.

The first was Gulfoss. We saw this on Google maps while driving, and after a few uncertain turns, we found it. The falls are enormous, sprawling and split into short but frothing...

June 6, 2017

Scene: Iceland, the morning after a rain, October, the roads are relatively empty and we’re greeted by a dark gray road, black rocks of mountain sides, gray skies; the gray is only interrupted by the fluorescent swaths of green moss blanketing the ground.

When we were...

June 6, 2017

We arrived from Frankfurt sans-sleep after a 10 hour plane journey that ping-ponged us across ontario, finally slingshotted over the sea and landed us in the tallest bus terminal I had ever seen. Emery and I were sore, battered, asleep on our feet, indescribably happy.

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May 20, 2017

We recently visited Hemma: The Home of Yoga and Acupuncture in Victoria B.C. to be led through some adaptive poses and talk about the benefits of yoga for amputees. Our guide for the lesson was Kelly, an experienced instructor passionate about the impact that yoga can...

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