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Tim Arnold: One Step at a Time

Tim Arnold: One Step at a Time

July 18th 2022

Tim Arnold is no stranger to being an amputee. At only seven years of age, he became an above-knee amputee due to bone cancer. He is now well into his adult life. He is a father to three young kids, has been married to the love of his life for…

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Amputee Meets Goals and Brings Joy

Amputee Meets Goals and Brings Joy

June 23rd 2022

Meet Optimus’ patient Sheri! Sheri is a now-retired advertising analyst, fierce Seahawks lover, and proud dog mom to her 13-year-old pup named Butta! She is also a right, above-knee amputee since October of 2018. After a bad fall that resulted in a broken femur and tibia, Sheri endured 6 months…

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Doug Stone: We Can Do It!

Doug Stone: We Can Do It!

June 15th 2022

Doug Stone is a 54-year-old active bowler, fishing enthusiast, father of 3, and below-knee amputee. Doug has been an amputee since March of 2018, and he hasn’t let it slow him down, “Being an amputee you must remember that we can still do anything we put our minds to. We…

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Preserving Dignity by Gaining Mobility

Preserving Dignity by Gaining Mobility

April 26th 2022

Amadou Diallo immigrated from West Africa to the USA in May of 2021. Shortly after arriving, Amadou become a below-knee amputee in September of 2021 after complications following the amputation of 2 toes due to a plantar ulcer. He describes the decision to amputate as, “A sad situation” but one he agreed…

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Rocking It: How a New Amputee is Embracing Change

Rocking It: How a New Amputee is Embracing Change

April 25th 2022

Jillian Kerr is a proud Mom of 3 boys; One 7-year-old and twins that are 3 years old. She also has two beautiful stepdaughters that are 17 and 7 years old. It was November 12th, 2021, when Jillian found herself facing multiple injuries from a car accident. Her injuries would…

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Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

March 22nd 2022

Diabetic foot care is essential as diabetes can be dangerous to your feet—even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or…

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Kody Hancock: Life Can Continue

Kody Hancock: Life Can Continue

March 21st 2022

Kody Hancock’s life has been marked by his resilience, strong work ethic, can-do attitude, and determination. It was these character qualities that led to him landing a manufacturing job he was quite proud of. He initially got brought on as a temp, then was hired on full time, only to…

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Dwayne Smith: Your Life, Your Story

Dwayne Smith: Your Life, Your Story

March 20th 2022

Dwayne is a 41-year-old below knee amputee. He has been an Amputee since late October of 2018. He has always been active once having played semi pro football. He currently is a T-Ball coach and Direct Support Specialist for adults with developmental disabilities. His life is full, with three loving…

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Jerry Minor: A Life of Dedication

Jerry Minor: A Life of Dedication

March 19th 2022

We often wrongly think that age is a limiting factor and that our youth is the time when we shine brightest and make the greatest impact. However, that isn’t the case for Optimus patient Jerry Minor. In fact, Jerry’s life at the age of 71 is shining as brightly as…

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George West: Do What You Love

George West: Do What You Love

March 18th 2022

George West is a 75 year old amputee. He lost his right leg below the knee at the age of 39. His sense of humor and spunk are really on display when he talks about his age, “I am now a 75-year-old who really enjoys not worrying much about what…

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