My name is Wayne, and I am 48 years old. On April 11, 1998, at the age of 34, I was in a motorcycle accident. That was the day my life changed. After hitting a car on my motorcycle I was airlifted to a hospital where I was told that I had two broken legs, a broken arm, and a broken jaw. My left ankle was broken in several places and my right leg was even worse. My arm was broken in two places as well as my jaw. Over the next several years I endured nine surgeries on my left ankle including removing titanium plates and ending on the fusing of my ankle joint. I was in such pain I even tried acupuncture. When that didn’t work, I made the choice to amputate at age 40. I felt like that was my best option since I still had at least 25 more years to work.
After I came home from the hospital I was watching television, and a soldier was on there who was a below-knee amputee of the left leg. He was still in the military and going to complete jump school. After seeing that, I could live my life the way I always did-- wide open.
I was back to work in five weeks. We had gotten a puppy, which I thought was a big help in my recovery since I had no choice but to get up and take care of him. I started back to work on the temporary leg. The first leg I got was from another provider in D.C did not fit properly and was uncomfortable, but after talking to someone else, I got hooked up with Real Life Prosthetics™ . They fixed me up with a more comfortable socket that was a hundred times better, and for the first time in years I had no pain. I am a mechanic by trade and spend all day on my feet, so comfort is a big issue. A year later I bought myself a new Harley, and I was back riding. I walk my dog a couple miles every day. I work as a mechanic and stand 10 hours a day, 5 days a week and I continue to ride a motorcycle. So, if you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. You can if you want to. I am walking proof.