“Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do”

by Damon on September 27, 2011

Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People DoThis is the quote that I put inside my second socket. If you remember, the quote in the first socket was “Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body”. Now the pain is over, and I’m still getting adjusted to my new lifestyle (being an amputee).

Even though I am grateful to have had the surgery and I’ve never been more optimistic and positive about my future, I won’t lie, there have been a lot of frustrations along the way.

This is why the quote “Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do” is the perfect quote for this socket.

It’s been a challenge each and every day getting adjusted, from sock management to where to lay out my clothes so it’s easier for me to get ready in the morning. Everything is new, everything takes more thought, and this is a tough time in my life.

But my ever so cheerful self, I have to remember that these adjustments are all temporary. All of these things will become a normal part of my life and they won’t be a challenge anymore. I just hope that day comes sooner rather than later ;)

I volunteered for a triathlon a couple of weeks ago and will be volunteering again this weekend. Between rehab, seeing my prosthesist, and begining to ride my bike…I’m still on track to complete my first triathlon next year May.

At the end of the day I am happy about it all, but I still find it fascinating sometimes when I look down and realize that I’m an amputee.

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)
Austrian psychiatrist

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El Hiscox September 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Keep moving ahead Damon. When you are running during aa triathalon, you’ll know victory
and will later look back on your layered memories.

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Lexie September 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Damon, when I read this..I have to admit that I started to cry. Partly because of my own pain and frustration… but mostly because my problems seem so small next to yours. I so admire your courage….keep up your beautiful spirit. My best, Lexie

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Amber L. October 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

My heart is heavy when I read this. I hate that something so good for your life is causing you tough times. I want to support you and be there for you. The BEST is yet to come!

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