"I fell skiing at 11 years old and tore my knee apart. I suffered with repeated knee injury and surgery until I turned 40 - my left leg was amputated above the knee.
The most important and best things in my life are my adult sons. I’m a Mom, a caregiver, a positive person that loves everyone and wants to see everyone do well and know they are loved and important. I volunteer any way I can with the SPCA and the Hospital Auxiliary. I have 2 cats that I love. I help other amputees adjust, find information, be their cheerleader, and support in any way I can.
I had Osseointegration surgery in Australia January 18th of 2017. Through building a package of specialist support letters, proof of quality of life before and after, fundraising and applying, I was successful at getting BC Medical out of country financial support. All my paperwork and begging to be seen by surgeons and Dr’s had gotten the surgery, implant and hospital stay in Australia covered by BC Medical.
My mobility is not a real issue now. My amputation has just broadened my knowledge and resources and provided me with more people to love and encourage. My amputation doesn’t define who I am - but it did make me reach out to a whole group of friends that share similar hardships and life situations that I didn’t even think of before. I am an advocate, peer support person, animal lover and my gift surpasses my disability." - Kia
Kia runs a blog called "Keeping up with Kia" that you can find on Facebook.