Lacey Henderson was just nine years old when her leg was amputated above the knee in a lifesaving measure after the diagnosis of a rare soft tissue tumor in her knee. It was a tough time for a young girl, but Lacey’s focus wasn’t on the negative. Instead, she was raised with the mindset that if you want something you’ll find a way to make it happen – no matter the odds against you.
Today is a good friend of mine’s 5 year ampuversary! She is a phenomenal human, amazing Kindergarten teacher, and my partner in crime trying to herd around 100+ amputee kids every year at AmpCamp. She shared a story with me for Crazy Legs, and it is my great pleasure to send it out into the world. It sucks to lose a limb, but it’s awesome to make friends like this one. … Read More
The topic of online dating recently arose amongst some amputee friends. More specifically a male friend of ours, who is a triple amputee, was inquiring what some of our amputee community of friends have done in regards to sharing photos of our disability in our online/dating app profiles. Once I figured out what the dating apps actually WERE, I made myself a profile and used them sparingly for dating earlier in… Read More
Hey everyone; This Crazy Legs story comes from a handsome gentleman who happens to have lived his whole life in a wheelchair. We are Facebook friends and this particular post actually helped spark the idea of my Crazy Legs blog idea: Strange comments from people while running errands this week. Tuesday-a guy asked ” are you sure you can’t walk? Me: pretty sure about. Wednesday-lady in line at Starbucks: “I just want… Read More
WARNING: This post is rated at least PG-13 So, today is my 18th ampuversary. Since my residual limb (I hate the word “stump” fyi it makes me cringe when I refer to my body as a “stump”…) is of legal consenting age; I decided to work on a project that is a little more grown up. I call it Crazy Legs; I have people submit their totally WTF or hilarious… Read More
On this 18th eve of my Cancer diagnosis anniversary (I call it my “canceñera” since moving to AZ) I published my first vlog! Check it out:
I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with some friends with the Amputee Coalition after my experience in Rio and talk about the Games, and the evolution of disability for the future. Check it out below!
Fast forward to “the call” and going home and going to team processing and going to Rio, yada yada yada… I had plenty of time to reflect and here are my thoughts: 17 years ago, on any given Saturday I could be found at Denver Children’s Hospital, In-Patient Oncology ward (typically in the Intensive Care Unit because my cancer experience was consistently catastrophic and I never had an immune system.) Since I… Read More
Fast forward to my other summer plans; the fateful (and unfortunately short) Argentina trip. I came down to Buenos Aires, only with a place to stay (thanks to the endless love I have from my “adopted family”) and that’s about it… I got in on Sunday, called my (actual) cousins who live close to the city when I got in. A couple days later we had coffee and made plans for a… Read More
Holy smokes! It’s already MID OCTOBER (wutttt) I am finally slowing down from the rush of this summer and would like to share some thoughts from all the places I’ve been. Since June I have experienced the extreme spectra of emotions from shame, disappointment, loss, to joy, celebration, and satisfaction. Let me share a few thoughts I’ve had during the summer. There is a brazilian author named Paulo Cohelo, who famously wrote… Read More
just a quick, NON proof read(I kind of hate my iPhone keyboard for blog posts but it’s all I got!) thought I want to share: **while on vacation in Argentina I got a last minute phone call inviting me to compete for Team USA in both the Long Jump and the 100M sprints due to the Russian State Sponsored Doping Scandal. I was the first person given a slot, the slot I… Read More