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.
So, anyone who knows me probably knows two main things about me: 1. I’m competitive by nature. Any time I get the opportunity for even a little competition… I’m there. 2. I truly believe and am so so grateful for my experiences as both a camper and a counselor at the Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp. (Or as we coined the term, “amp camp”) it has been and continues to be… Read More
It’s a very quiet night (I’m betting, post-Super Bowl) in cold cold Denver right now… So I’ll talk about Australian things instead! Last Sunday was Australia Day, which is kind of like the equivalent of the 4th of July but also not even close to the same holiday at all. So I guess I’ll share a few things I now know about Australia (and it’s chosen date) according to me: -they have… Read More
My first weeks in Australia were absolutely overwhelming. Between flight drama from the freeze across the Continental US, to the overwhelming heat in the Australian Capital Territory I’ve been trying to organize not only my thoughts, but also my entire life here for the next couple of months. Let me tell you, last week’s quote has become something ENTIRELY different to me this week. “Your greatness is not in what you have,… Read More
Over the holidays, I came across a quote that spoke volumes to me in reflection over all that was 2013 for me: “Your greatness is not in what you have, but in what you give.” I thought that was an amazing moment as I had a Christmas request given to me from 9 year old Ella The path I chose for my young adult life was not only from opportunities presenting themselves,… Read More
(I couldn’t help myself) Sorry for the Seinfeld reference…I just really love that it’s still on ALL THE TIME and appreciate each episode mostly because I’ve seen all of them at least three times. Okay, WOW… the holidays have CERTAINLY snuck up on us this year haven’t they?? (What is it about this season that makes life feel like it’s moving at light speed??) There are a couple traditions I have every… Read More
I have been a part of the Amputee Coalition’s Youth Camp in varying levels for years now. I have been a counselor for about 5 years now, and I am not exaggerating when I say that each year I go, I’m changed for the better. Camp is what made me confident and accepting of myself not only on the inside but as an amputee too. In my adolescent years, I pretty much… Read More