My name is Dale Emery, and I had my amputation in 1996.
I've learned that it's a big challenge, and I think it's made me a stronger person, so I've learned a lot about myself since my amputation.
My relationship with my prosthetist is more like a partnership. I almost feel like part of a family because I think it's really important to have a good relationship with your prosthetist.
There's a reason that I'm able to do things that I used to be able to do before I had my amputation. It's a great relationship, and they've taken very good care of me.
There's a lot of things that I've accomplished. Again, it's been a lot of years. Last year, I did one thing that I always wanted to do. I really feel proud of the accomplishment of being a part of the 5K walk that Bremer was in.
It's a pretty challenging experience. I think for me, it really humbled me. It's hard to explain to someone who hasn't went through it, but I never knew until I experienced it that you grieve the part—it's like losing somebody who's close to you, when you lose a part of your body.
Getting through that grieving process takes time, and it's something you have to go through. I think it's made me stronger. It's probably one of the biggest challenges I've ever faced in my life, and I made it through it with support and having good prosthetic people to work with.
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.