Saturday, September 06, 2008

What Would You Do?

I've just read a very intriguing, in depth article in the October 2008 issue of Runner's World Magazine, about a man who decided to have part of his leg amputated with the hopes of returning to running. I can't get this story out of my mind. The guy was a competitive runner in college, but due to an unfortunate accident and nearly losing his foot, he had to put off running for several years. He began running again with his wife, which progressed to running in events again. Unfortunately, the old injury pains became too cumbersome, and made running and walking unbearable. He decided to have the injured leg amputated. Can you imagine having to make the decision to amputate part of your leg? I was glued to this story. How far would you go for the love of your sport? The story is quite inspirational and I highly recommend reading it for yourself. There's so much more to the story.

I also realized how much I need to learn about amputees and having prosthetics. I honestly had no clue. I am now enlightened, but there's so much more to learn.

Yesterday's song:
Same In Any Language - I Nine



barbie2be said...

the isley bros?

i don't think i love any sport enough to consider amputating a limb.

someone once asked me if i had to choose between being blind or being deaf what would i choose? i had to go with deaf.

Irene said...

Winner! Me either. I love running but I wouldn't take it that far.

Anne said...

Dangit. I knew this one too!

Have you ever run the Silver Strand Half Marathon? It includes runners from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (beneficiaries of the proceeds). Many of them run with prosthetics and Cheetahs. Very inspirational.

I'll have to read the article. Thanks, Irene!

Irene said...

I ran in that event last year. I was amazed. They were even filming the story about a chair racer.