This is my story, but it could be yours or anyones - David
I am a retired California Police Officer, I moved to Utah to find a new life and inner peace. I had been through some ugly things in Los Angeles.
I ended up losing everything that mattered to me because of my own selfishness, self-pity and negative attitude towards life. Then I found myself with “Adult on-set Type II diabetes,” an insidious disease that destroys your body a little at a time.
I began to suffer extreme weight gain, then vision problems, detached retina in both eyes, invitro-hemorrhaging, then a fall which broke several brittle bones in my foot - which led to infection in my leg, partial amputation of my foot then, later, my leg just below the knee leaving a wound that would not heal for nine months.
Although it took nine months for the wound on my leg to heal and I to lose the necessary weight, I was then ready to get a prosthetic leg. Shields helped me with the proper fitting I used crutches at first, then a walker, and then a cane, and with their (Shields) assistance I began to walk every day, sometimes falling and sometimes stumbling. Then I began to walk as I had before the amputation, without any assistance. I would take short walks everyday.
Here at Shields, they (Mike) would help me with fitting problems, adjustments, and restyling of my prosthesis until it fit my needs. During this time I began to live again.
I regained my life, my mobility, and my self-respect. Here are some pictures of my journey. I put this notebook together to help you. If Mike has given you this notebook to read it is because he thinks my story might help you gain your own story. And why not? You can do it - all it takes is “Heart”.
If you want it – seek it – you will find when you do many people will step up to help you on your own journey. It’s called “Providence” a slew of issues which arise from your decision to help yourself that otherwise may never have occurred.
People who otherwise may have turned their back to you now reach out because they see you fighting and instinctively they want to help and doors open that were once closed. It just takes a decision to stop feeling sorry for yourself and stop looking at yourself as a victim and reach deep down inside and give it your “Heart.”
Everyday be positive – think something positive – Positive begets Positive (Just as negative begets negative). So don’t let those negative thoughts linger in your mind; they are natural and easy to think but therein lay the fight. People like to be around happy positive people, it rubs off. People instinctively avoid negative people, it rubs off, too, and nobody likes the feeling.
Today I am a happy guy and I give thanks everyday in prayer for the wonderful people at Shields, my family and friends. I have managed a law firm for the past 15 years and today I am headed to Kanab, Utah, to become a Justice Court Judge. Most people I meet have no idea I am missing a leg or that I had a terrible 3 year ordeal to get back on my feet. And why should they, I only write this now to give you hope and encouragement. DON’T GIVE UP OR GIVE IN TO DEPRESSION.” There is still life out there - go out and find yours. It begins by drying your eyes and making a decision to move forward and not look back. It’s all up to you and your “Heart”.