My guest in this episode of the We’re Not Stumped podcast is the closest to me than any other guest I’ve had the pleasure to have on. Her name is Angie Sandow, and just like me, she was born without a right hand. What an honor to have her on! As she always does,
Welcome back to another empowering episode of "We're Not Stumped," where we delve deep into the lives of individuals defying limitations and breaking barriers. I'm your host, Mike Bolland, a congenital amputee, and today, we're joined by two incredible guests: Jennifer "JJ" Johnson, a bilateral above knee amputee, and Dan Moses, a bilateral below
Jeanette Jones is a childhood cancer survivor. Despite many attempts to save her left leg over a period of four years, she had to have her leg amputated at age 16. She discusses her barttle to both survive and save her leg in this episode of the We're Not Stumped above knee amputee podcast.
In this episode of the We're Not Stumped podcast, I welcome Dr. Eric William Gabriel, a bi-lateral, above-knee amputee, as my guest. He was born and raised in Levittown, Long Island NY, one of the first pre-planned housing developments in the United States. While growing up, he enjoyed going to school, and playing baseball.
This episode features Rose Booth - author, podcaster and above knee amputee. In her very first book, author Rose Booth shares her unbelievable life story of facing death numerous times, doubting her faith, and rising from the depths of despair in her book, "Dancing in the Valley: Finding Life and Joy Amidst the Shadow
Carlos Baker is a songwriter, musician, author, father of 4, ex-pat, amputee, survivor of childhood cancer and adult depression. Having spent his entire life saturated both in music and writing, his band C.K. Baker Bands has released their sophomore album, Find your Way. Carlos’s gift as a songwriter comes alive as an alternative rock
Limb loss due to a medical condition refers to the loss of one or more limbs (such as arms or legs) as a result of a medical condition or disease. Unlike traumatic limb loss, which often occurs due to accidents or injuries, medical conditions leading to limb loss are typically caused by underlying health issues that necessitate surgical amputation to improve the individual’s overall health, prevent complications, or enhance their quality of life. Some common medical conditions that can lead to limb loss include:
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): PAD is a condition characterized by the narrowing or blockage of arteries, usually in the legs, due to atherosclerosis. Severe cases of PAD can lead to insufficient blood flow to the extremities, resulting in tissue damage and the need for amputation.
Diabetes: Diabetes can lead to a range of complications, including peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation. Diabetic foot ulcers that do not heal properly can become infected and, in severe cases, necessitate amputation.
Cancer: In some cases, cancerous tumors or sarcomas in the limbs may require surgical removal, resulting in limb loss. This is often done to prevent the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.
Infections: Severe, uncontrollable infections, such as necrotizing fasciitis or gangrene, can cause extensive tissue damage and may require amputation to prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the body.
Vascular Diseases: Various vascular diseases, such as Buerger’s disease or thromboangiitis obliterans, can lead to arterial inflammation and blockages, ultimately leading to limb ischemia and amputation.
Congenital Conditions: Some individuals are born with congenital conditions that affect limb development or function, and in certain cases, amputation may be necessary to improve mobility or address complications.
Complications of Orthopedic Conditions: Chronic orthopedic conditions, such as severe osteomyelitis (bone infection), extensive osteoarthritis, or Charcot joint disease, can lead to joint destruction or bone deterioration, sometimes requiring limb amputation.
Limb loss due to a medical condition is typically a medically necessary intervention aimed at preserving the individual’s overall health and preventing further complications. After amputation, individuals often undergo rehabilitation, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prosthetic fitting, to regain mobility, adapt to their new circumstances, and improve their quality of life. The medical team, including surgeons, prosthetists, and therapists, works together to ensure a comprehensive and personalized approach to care for individuals who have experienced limb loss due to a medical condition.
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Congenital amputee Mike Bolland interviews other amputees, family members of amputees plus people in the prosthetic / support fields. These interviews are both fun and educational and nothing will be held back - no questions are off limits! Please use our contact form if you would like to be considered as a guest. We'd love to have you!
Season 2 Finale
Season 2 is in the books! In this season two finale episode, I have three main topics:
My thoughts on prosthetics: I am sick of how amputees who choose not to wear prosthetics are treated within the amputee community. I also get disgusted by prosthetic manufactures who dismiss certain people in the community in their sole mission to make a profit off amputees.
Amputee Workouts: I am looking for amputees like you who workout to come on the podcast to share your tips and tricks.
Calling all guests: Many amputees feel that their story isn’t worthy of sharing. I call BS on that, and I want you on. Now.