I don't have a war story or a story of being a hero. My story has another unique angle. In the end it left me with a broken ankle that now leads me to correctly be labeled lame. I still get around and function pretty well, although there are a variety of things I don't do or do very well anymore and frankly it sucks.
My injury occurred in 1974. the last 15 years has seen a painful increase in pain and a decrease of certain activities. A steroid shot got me through a serious 5 day backpacking trip and more recently a shorter lasting shot got me to Disney with my wife and grandkids. It was a time of great emotion for me.
Wondering how many of you men might be going through life with a disability in your world?
I have lived with a vision disability since the age of about 2. I have some usable vision so that I don't need a dog at all, or a cane very often, but it does prevent me from reading standard-sized print, recognizing others by sight, or driving a car. But there are plenty of other things I have learned to do well, such as raising two kids as a stay-at-home Dad, cook amazing food, etc, etc. I could go into the numerous hardships that hang over me as a result of my poor sight, but I doubt anyone here cares to hear them anyway. I will say, however, that learning to adapt is the name of the game. I had to teach myself to do a lot of things in my own way just by setting aside all other distractions and focusing on that one task until I could do it. Nobody else could teach me how, because a: they would want to teach me by having me watch what they do, and b: they're going to show me how to do it the way they do it, which may or may not work for me. There isn't much use complaining about it, but it is a lonely lot for sure. Anyway, hope you get something out of my thoughts on the subject.
I lost my left arm at the elbow in 2005. It has its drawbacks, obviously, but life goes on.
I almost lost my right leg in 2010. I have a genetic blood condition which causes me to have blood clots. Now, due to large clots, I have chronic pain. I also have a genetic condition with my back. Walking is next to impossible due to this. I try to walk wherever we go but mostly have to use an electric wheelchair. Now I have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. When it rains it pours. Sorry for your issues. I try to stay positive and just feel blessed that I get to have another day.