About this Blog:  My main goal is to provide empowerment and motivation through storytelling.  I want to be a resource for parents of kids with fibular hemimelia, other amputees, and anyone else looking for a motivation or empowerment in their lives.  Some of my posts relate to being an amputee, some relate to triathlon, and some relate to life or other totally random topics.  I hope that whether you are an amputee or not, you will get something positive out of my stories.

About Me:  My leg was amputated when I was 2 because I had a condition called fibular hemimelia, which means I was missing my fibula bone and my left leg was substantially shorter than my right.  I grew up not really knowing any different, and even asked my grandma at some point when she got her first prosthesis because I had it in my head that everyone wore a prosthesis (for the record, my grandma does not wear a prosthesis).  I played t-ball & volleyball, rode bikes, climbed trees (much to my dad’s dismay), and did pretty much everything else my friends were doing.  I started riding horses when I was about 9 years old, quickly got into 3-day eventing, and eventually rode on my college dressage team.  I didn’t ride much after college, but I started competing in triathlons in 2014 and discovered this to be a new passion.  I started with sprint distance triathlons and completed my first Half Ironman in June of 2016.  On June 10, 2018, I became the first amputee to complete Ironman Boulder, and also one of less than 10 female amputees to complete an Iron-distance triathlon. 

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