Family Spotlight questions to the amputee…

 

What’s your name, how old are you? David Wiseman, 41

Who lives with you and how old are they? Tell us a little bit about them what are their favourite colours or hobbies? My wife, Steph, and my 3 daughters Daisy (8), Honey (7) and Bonnie (1),  Daisy likes Blue and Honey likes her bright colours but mainly pink

When did you become an amputee?  April 21st 1999

Have you got a name for your “stump”?  No

What was the biggest concern of being an amputee?  Not being able to do anything I did before.

Were you able to work as an amputee? How do you spend your days?  I worked for the first 18 years of being an amputee as a chef and kitchen manager in contract catering and pub restaurants before leaving for an easier career. I now work for Starbucks.

What’s been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?  Was probably getting back into playing my sport, football and cricket, and back into work. I achieved these by working hard on learning to walk again with no aids and getting fit again.

What’s your family’s favourite thing to do?  Spend time together

Have you got any funny memories that have happened since your amputation?  Mainly many people making funny comments along the way. The first one I always remember was a child in hospital, about a week after my amputation, seeing me on my way through in a wheelchair asking me where my leg was so I told him I had lost it. He looked around, then under my wheelchair and stood there and said “if I find it I will bring it back for you”

When did you come across Steel Bones? What does Steel Bones do for your family?  A few months before the first family fun day I saw a post on Facebook and decided I would like to attend. Since then as a family we have had some great times with Steel Bones, meeting old and new friends. It has changed our lives and made us socialise a lot more outside of our normal circles. Its nice not feeling that you stand out. When I say to my daughters about doing something, they will think about it but if I tell them it is a Steel Bones event, they automatically say YES

What would you most like to achieve? Small or big is there one thing you hope to accomplish?  To get back onto a motorbike