What’s your name, how old are you? Linda and I’m 65 yrs
Who lives with you and how old are they? Tell us a little bit about them. My daughter Louisa and my dog Tyson live with me. My daughter only just moved back in after spending just over a year away living with her boyfriend. She hopes to go to Uni in Sept. My dog Tyson must be 13 yrs and we’ve had him since he was a six week old puppy. He’s a staffi and anyone whose had one knows they are the best dogs in the world!
.What are your favourite colours? My favourite colours are the blues and probably pink!
What are your favourite hobbies? Hobbies are walking Tyson and spending time in my newly acquired shed where I make ceramic jewellery.
When did you become an amputee? I had my right leg amputated below the knee on May 28th 2020. A further revision was done on August 28th of that year and fortunately it’s still below the knee.
Have you got a name for your “stump”? I call it my little leg.
What was the biggest concern of being an amputee? That I could remain independent and still do everything as before.
How do you spend your days? I go to the gym and walk Tyson and spend time doing art and in the shed as well as reading.
What’s been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it? Going up escalators at train stations was a big challenge. I had to return an item I’d bought in the Debenhams store and I had to use the escalator in the store. It was a small store and not many people there at the time so I was able to manage that small escalator.
What’s your family’s favourite thing to do? We all enjoy watching films on Netflix!
Have you got any funny memories that have happened since your amputation? My little grandson who is 3 yrs in May had started walking. Up to this point he’d only really known me in the wheel chair then I got my first leg just before Xmas the year before last so he got used to me walking. One time I visited them without the wheel chair and was crawling around and he started crawling around again as well!
When did you come across Steel Bones? I found Steel Bones via a Google search two weeks before the amputation and was in quite a state with worry and anxiety and spoke with a lovely volunteer on their phone line, who has kept in touch with me ever since. I think we had a record breaking phone call of three hours one time!
What does Steel Bones do for your family? The grown up children enjoy the care packages and daughter Louisa enjoys cooking up the cake mixes! I think Steel Bones is always there in the background and if I’m having any difficulties they will say why don’t you call Steel Bones.
What would you most like to achieve? Small or big, is there one thing you hope to accomplish? I really hope I can travel abroad again and walk on the sand and paddle in the warm sea.