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Amputee Life Blog — Inspirational

Inspiring Individuals: Jake Sanchez and His Passion for Adaptive Climbing

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Just 5 years after his below-the-knee amputation, Jake competed in the Paraclimbing World Championships held in Innsbruck, Austria last September 13-14, 2018. He went up against adaptive climbers from all over the world and, even though he didn’t win, he still left the competition like a winner. 

Jake Sanchez is a below-the-knee amputee competing in the World Paraclimbing Championship 2018

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Women Who Inspire: Why These Disabled Models Rock the Fashion Industry

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Many of us live in fear about being judged; it’s not any easier if you’re living with a "disability" because you may feel like people stare or judge you all the time. In an industry where looks and everything physical are looked at through microscopic lens, models Chelsea Werner (gymnast and model with Down syndrome), Jillian Mercado (model with spastic muscular dystrophy), and Mama Cax (blogger, model, amputee, and disability advocate), all experience these feelings firsthand.

Disabled models are constantly being judged but they still rock the fashion world.

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How Amputee Store Landed in an Episode of "The Doctors"

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be on "The Doctors", yet here I am.

In late May—about a week and a half shy of my first child’s birth—I received a call from the producers of "The Doctors". They needed a Prosthetist Orthotist Expert on an episode that will feature the incredible story of a young woman, named Natasha, who wants to change her outlook on life. That call commenced one of the busiest and most memorable weeks of the year.

Amputeestore.com is on CBS's "The Doctors" helping a congenital amputee reach her goals.

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Inspirational Individuals: Marsha Elle's Vulnerability Sparks Remarkable Response

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The world can be a harsh place. It’s easy for most people to shun and judge something that they can’t understand. But when a person opens up to the world and lets their vulnerability shine through, remarkable things can happen. For singer-songwriter Marsha Elle, her openness helped her accept who she is while inspiring hundreds from around the world.

Marsha Elle poses in bathing suit for the first time

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UAE Embraces 3D Printing: Life-Changing Prosthetic Legs for Emirati Man

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Walking, running, and cycling—three things that Fahed Mohamad Ali never imagined he could do again. For more than 15 years, 25-year-old Ali navigated the world in a wheelchair, as he donned wooden prosthetic legs that were more cosmetic than functional. One year after the UAE fitted its first fully 3D printed prosthetic leg, this double-amputee's life changed considerably when he received two 3D-printed transtibial prosthetics that secure just below his knees.

3D printing prosthetic limbs in the UAE is becoming a reality.

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