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Overcoming Obstacles

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Anything resulting in the loss of a limb is not only a tragic event physically, but it can also emotionally compromise someone. Amputees and those with physical disabilities have to deal with stigmas and stares and people who cannot see past their physical disability. For a lot of amputees and paraplegics this can result in depression or feeling resentful and angry at those without disabilities. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is no better example of those that didn’t allow their outlook on life to be damaged by an amputation than the 2012 United States Paralympics team that just finished competing in London.

These are extraordinary people who have rebounded from potentially devastating situations to rise above them and compete for their country doing what they love to do. For Jessica Long, it’s swimming. After having both of her lower legs amputated when she was 18 months old, Jessica participated in many sports before becoming a swimming star and winning 6 gold medals and setting three world records at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

A car accident at age 7 that left her as a paraplegic didn’t stop Jessica Galli from becoming a world class track and field athlete. Lower leg amputations didn’t keep Jim Bob Bizzell, Casey Tibbs, Brain Frasure and Jerome Singleton from winning the gold in the 4×100 T 42-26 relay in Beijing.

Although these Paralympians may seem larger than life, they’ve all dealt with the pain and tragedy that comes with an amputation or physical disability. They know what it’s like to be told they wouldn’t be able to do certain things ever again. The difference with Paralympians is that they found something that they were able to do and made it their passion. If you or a loved one has an amputation or physical disability, these should be the people they look up to.

Everyone at LA Medical Retail would like to congratulate the 2012 U.S. Paralympics team on a great competition, and thank them for representing our country so well!