Friday, April 18, 2008

We Are Not Alone

Leaving Walter Reed and returning home was hard for so many reasons. Not only were we leaving behind close friends but we were leaving behind a community who understood what it meant to be an amputee. It's easy to return home feeling as though you're the only one for miles going through this. Then, as time goes on you realize there are a heck of a lot more amputees out there than you think.

A few months after being home I was waiting on a very nice woman at work. As she opened her wallet to pay for her merchandise I noticed her wedding picture. As I took a closer look I was shocked to notice that her husband was missing his arm. After a short conversation I learned that they lived only 15 miles away from us and that her husband enjoyed many of the same outdoor activities J.R. does. She still comes into the store and I always love seeing her. It's nice to have someone around who doesn't look at you with concern when you tell them your husband broke his arm.

It wasn't soon after meeting this family that J.R. met another student at UW Stout who is also missing his arm. I have yet to meet the other student, but I do know that they both fish.

Then today as I was walking out my bank I stopped dead in my tracks. There was a man filling out a form with a prosthetic arm.

It just goes to show that even when you think you're the only family for miles experiencing this lifestyle there really is someone nearby that understands. It's a good feeling.

As for now it's to say Happy Birthday to the Cracker Box. Today marks the one year anniversary from when I started my blog. I can still remember writing my first post in the kitchen of the Fisher House. We've come so far in a year. Here's hoping for another year of good memories and many posts.


Anonymous said...

Dear Josie:

Congratulations on your one year blogiversary. Thank you for letting the rest of us into your life, and inviting us to share in your and JR's experiences. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

On an unrelated note, did you and JR ever get SCUBA certified? Operation Bottom Time is taking place shortly, and is being sponsored by S.U.D.S. (soldiers undertaking disabled SCUBA).

I also hope your exam went well.

Soldiers Angels, NYC

Jenna said...

Congrats on one year!

Anonymous said...

One year. So much has transpired in that time frame. Congratulations and I'll second RPL in saying thank you for sharing the journey. Take care and have a great weekend.
Cathy B

Fred Keller said...


I haven’t checked in on you two lately and was happy to see that you’ve reach the one year milestone with “Life in a Cracker Box.” BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you!

Thanks for sharing your life; your posts are very courageous and inspiring.

Godspeed to you and J.R.!

Krystle Firth said...

Hey sweetie! Happy one year anni on your bloggin! Even tho we are miles apart your still in my heart :) hehe ill never forget our days together at the fisher but im glad you are meeting people close by that you can relate to. Love, Krys