On top of the physical stress of an amputation, Nichole couldn’t afford the cost of a new prosthesis and was going through the process of securing disability. She was using a scooter to get around – including going back to work – before she discovered that the cost of her prosthetic leg had been donated.
“Traci, the prosthetist at University Surgical, met me right after my surgery, and she knew that it would be difficult for me to afford a prosthetic leg. But I never dreamed that they could or would do something like this to help me. Just less than a year after my amputation, I was fitted for my new leg, and Traci helped me learn to start walking again,” Nichole shares.
After she was fitted for her prosthesis, Nichole began the difficult work of regaining her balance and learning to walk unassisted. She started by using a walker, then gradually transitioned to a cane for a few months. Traci gave Nichole a wearing schedule for her leg – starting with three hours, then four, then gradually working up to wearing it all day.
“One day, I put on my leg, and I didn’t need assistance anymore – I had my balance and could walk like I wanted to,” Nichole says.