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America’s Most Decorated Female Spy Was Also an Amputee

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America's most decorated female civilian spy during World War II was not only a woman but also a below-the-knee amputee. The French and British both recognized her valuable contributions in private, and President Harry Truman wanted to honor her at a public White House ceremony, but she chose to remain undercover. Now, Virginia Hall is having a moment—70 years after her wartime feats and 40 years after her death. Three books have already been released, and two movies are currently in the works.

Virginia Hall, a below-the-knee amputee, was the most decorated female spy during World War II.

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This Quadruple Amputee Influencer Credits Her Confidence to a Loving, Happy Home

Posted by Bryan Potok on

In a time when what happens online can easily influence the offline world, social influencer Hannah Olateju from London takes a refreshing approach. She gracefully handles cruel comments, trolling, and even stalking. Olateju credits this to her experience of growing up in a loving home.

Hannah Olateju credits her confidence to growing up in a loving, happy home.

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Amputee Life

Posted by Bryan Potok on

In a time of constant busyness, our society has sought for ways to relax and be more in-tune with the present. One of the buzziest words in self-care circles is mindfulness, which is based on ancient Buddhist teachings that were brought to Western culture in the 1990s. Many people have used the principles of mindfulness to improve their quality of life and health, boost happiness, and decrease stress.

Mindfulness can improve your quality of life and health as an amputee.

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VA Develops Sensor That Gives Real-Time Data on How Your Socket is Fitting

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed a prosthetic socket fit sensor that identifies pressure points within a socket. As of this writing, the technology is patented and is available via patent license agreement to prosthetic companies that would make or sell the device commercially.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developed a prosthetic socket fit sensor that identifies pressure points within a socket.

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Cancer Recurrence: Dealing with the Emotional Trauma 

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Disbelief, shock, anxiety, anger, and feelings of loss—these are just a few emotions that come with news of cancer recurrence. No one is ever prepared for it, even though many cancer survivors constantly live with the fear of the disease returning. The emotional trauma of going through all the surgeries and treatments again is unimaginable.

How to deal with the emotional trauma of cancer recurrence.

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