My name is Chris Berlin. I'm 45 years old, and I was born with a limb difference, a congenital defect in my limb, and it's something I've lived with my entire life.
I have learned a lot of new things because this is a new experience for me, and I'm able to do everyday life functions that I never was before. So it's kind of a learning experience for me—it's kind of a learning curve—but at the same time I amaze myself everyday at the different things I learn and the different thingsI do.
Everybody at Bremer is just absolutely fantastic. They knew exactly what I wanted and how everything should fit. The service was great. Communication was great. They worked really well with my insurance company and that really helped out a lot.Just an absolute home run. I just couldn't be happier.
I've been able to discover different ways of doing things that, conventionally, most people would do things differently, with two hands. It's made me learn how to use my body and to do different things, as far as being able to live life like everyone else does, like grabbing hold of things and everyday functions. I've learned a lot of new things about my body since I've had this.
I would like for people to be able to recognize people with limb differences as being just as normal as them. I know it's kind of a generic answer, but I think oftentimes people need to recognize that people with limb differences can actually function and do just as well as those without.
Maybe their limbs look a little different, and they're made a little different, but for the most part, folks with limb differences are people too, and we usually live our lives and can function just like everyone else.
Realizing the benefits that the prosthesis actually provides us, and how it allows us to live somewhat normal lives, is worth the work and effort.
I have a lot of goals for the future. I want to learn how to surf. I want to go back to work. There's a lot of things that I want to do that I'm going to do.