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I just got back from a dance intensive and worked with a bi-lateral amputee (both legs above the knee) who was extremely talented and accomplished (and if memory serves me, dancing came to him post accident/amputation).

I also take yoga with a woman who is missing both legs to the pelvis AND both arms to just below the elbow.

Where the is a will, there's a way...

signed~ a one legged (R-aka) bellydance teacher, who doesn't use a prosthesis for dancing (yet?)

lee wood

This is a great web site which I found randomly. I'm a bilateral amputee of three years with both legs off near my hips. I don't wear prosthetics and I have just gotten over it and am starting to live life again!

Your points are well taken. I had to mourn my legs and my old life before I could get on with my new life. I got some therapy and had to learn to love my new body. You know what? It's not so bad!


Becky McDonald

Hi, I am a above right Amputee.
This web site is great. It has
been just over a year for me. I
am back with the living. I use to
run marathons 5k's 10ks. hike cross countey ski. I live in Rolling Hills CA. I am back to the gym and am looking for a trainer who can teach me how to
run again. Becky


Becky, I am, as the blues song goes, "built for comfort, not for speed," so I really know absolutely nothing about running -- unless it's running to catch the bus, or the ice cream truck. However, I would recommend that you contact the Challenged Athlete's Foundation. Their "Catch A Rising Star" program is probably just what you're looking for. To quote the website, "The purpose of Catch a Rising Star is to provide post-rehabilitation support and mentorship to individuals who have suffered a traumatic injury or been born with a congenital defect, resulting in an amputation or loss of use of limb(s) or body. This support consists of physical training clinics, an on-line community and direct relationships." This particular program is only for people in Southern California.

Go here for more information, or click the link to the CAF in the list of assorted links in the righthand column of this page.

If you do this, please let us know how it goes. Good luck!

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