My name is Christopher Bowman. I am a lifelong transtibial amputee, adventurer, and blogger here at RUSH Foot®. I enjoy the many facets and challenges that being an amputee brings to my life and spreading my message of “keep moving forward” to all of those that I meet.
Many people ask how I lost my leg. Luckily, it wasn’t anything too tragic and, in fact, I was never aware that I had a leg to begin with. I was born with a then undiagnosed condition that was later determined to be Amniotic Band Syndrome. What that meant for me is my lower right leg, in addition to parts of five fingers, didn’t fully develop before I was born. All that developed past my right knee was a small cartilage foot but no lower bone structure. When I was about a week old, that small “foot” was amputated so that I could wear a prosthesis later on in life. I received my first prosthesis at just over a year old and learned to walk shortly thereafter.
Growing up as an amputee kid in the 1980’s I never knew of anyone else like me except Canadian Amputee Terry Fox. Terry was made famous in the 1970’s when he successfully ran across his home country. I’d never actually met another amputee until I was in my mid-twenties. This type of isolation caused some deep rooted emotional issues that I think many of us in the amputee community face. In future blogs, I will talk about how my love of the outdoors, connecting with other like-minded amputees, and the healing power of nature has helped me to cope and grow.
Join me monthly as I venture into the great outdoors to deliver tips, tricks, and inspirations. As we say along the hiking trail, “it doesn’t matter how fast you go, as long as you keep moving forward.” Always remember, you’re never too old to play outside. To learn more about Chris, be sure to check out the accompanying video on our YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/lev0MbVNPWg #roamifyouwantto
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