The Space Between a Heartbeat and Heartbreak

“I’m not finding a heartbeat.” The five words I am now certain every expecting parent finds tosses their joys, their hopes, and their excitement as effortlessly as one flipping a coin. Those five words existed between expecting a heartbeat, and experiencing heartbreak. It didn’t make sense to me. My body was still acting like IContinue reading “The Space Between a Heartbeat and Heartbreak”

A Day in the Life of a Legless Farmer

I glanced down at my fit-bit in the sun, using my hand to shade the screen. I had 360 minutes of cardio and peak activity that day. The day before I had 240 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association recommend moderate-intensity activity for roughly 150 minutes per week.Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Legless Farmer”

You Can’t Be Your Own Hero

I’ve recently had a first. At my age, I didn’t feel there were too many more firsts that I could experience so I was pleasantly surprised. We were watching a movie about a woman that was an amputee and hero in WWII, and I felt convicted. Wow, I thought, If she could do all ofContinue reading “You Can’t Be Your Own Hero”

It is finally here, Crutchprints in the Sand’s Chest of Timeless Treasures!

It is finally here, Crutchprints in the Sand’s Chest of Timeless Treasures! A wonderful paperback book with articles, full color photos, and more is available for purchase on Amazon. Click here to buy yours today! This collection of timeless treasures encapsulates the love, laughter, faith, and hardships of life as a disabled woman. An amputeeContinue reading “It is finally here, Crutchprints in the Sand’s Chest of Timeless Treasures!”

Mountains and Valleys of Mobility

Like most people with disabilities, I struggle with the highs and lows of the roller coaster ride I am on. I want to enjoy life and not let things stop me. “Good for you,” strangers pointed out to me yesterday on a small trail in Trough Creek State Park. Yet today, when I tried toContinue reading “Mountains and Valleys of Mobility”

Turkey Talk

“Hi, Turkey Babies,” I yell in my high pitched call as I make my way around the house towards the chicken coop. Immediately, a charade of clucking and gobbling greets me like a gathering of friends. I make some weird tongue noise that I imagine resembles the gobble of other turkeys, and my turkey friendContinue reading “Turkey Talk”

A Bag Made For Crutches

Crutches, Walkers, Canes all share a few things in common: bags carried on them flop and bang against them, swing wildly impacting balance, and break just about anything. Enter the Advantage Crutch Bag. A bit steep in price, but a design and durability that has proven resilient enough to handle my gorilla capabilities. It allowsContinue reading “A Bag Made For Crutches”

A Smidgen of a Hopeful ‘Maybe’

Many of you have seen my recent video where I share about my friend Kara. She sent me a package of left shoes, and in the second box stuffed some purses, self care items, and books she was finished with. It touched me so deeply and made me feel loved and cared for. The thingContinue reading “A Smidgen of a Hopeful ‘Maybe’”

Your Last 24

Featured in the Chester County Press and on my recent book review of Kendall Keeler’s debut I was blessed to have a conversation with the author himself. Kendall agreed to sit down with all of us here on Crutchprints in the Sand and talk a little more about the first book in his Legacy JournalContinue reading “Your Last 24”

Hats Off!

Carrying an umbrella is an impossibility for someone on crutches. Making the dash from the house to the car has not always produced safe results for me, and there are some days I simply want my hair and face to stay dry. Must I explain? Anyway, I’ve experimented with several alternatives over the years, startingContinue reading “Hats Off!”