Amber's Road to Recovery

$5,620 of $25k goal

Raised by 30 people in 31 months

My Story
The Update
The Journey
The Revision Surgery
One Year Later

News Interview

Those are the videos that have followed my journey through this life changing experience so far. I hope you take the time out to watch them =)

In march of 2013, I was out riding motorcycles with some friends when a guy high on pills came into our lane in a blind corner and hit us almost head on. Thankfully, no one else was hurt but me. When the car hit me, it tore my knee off completely, leaving me with 2 options: put a rod from my hip to my ankle and never bend my leg again, or amputate my leg above my knee. Since I was 22 at the time, very active with dance and work, I chose to amputate it. I have now had 10 surgeries, the last one being this past week, 12/11/13, to remove about 2 more inches from my residual limb that had formed bone spurs, which are bone like spikes that were about a half an inch long. They pretty much caused any walking to be painful. It felt like my knee was popping out of place every step I took. Along the way, I have made videos and posted them on YouTube in hopes that my story could help other people along the way. As of right now, before insurance, I have about $400,000 in medical bills, not including prosthetics. After discussing it with my awesome leg guy, he's determined that, with inflation over the years, and how active I am, that I'll end up spending near $3 million on legs for the duration of my lifetime. The Tulsa and Broken Arrow Chive chapters have been an amazing help through all of this and I have made some incredible friends. I know the holidays are here and that money is tight, but I will be leaving this up for a couple months so everyone has a chance to help if they would like. The guy who hit me only had basic liability insurance, and that won't even cover my life flight bills. My goals after the amputation were to walk a 5k, go back to work, and wear my stiletto's on new years. When I tried to go back to work, we found out I had to have surgery again, resulting in me being on crutches for another 2 months, which means I won't be able to wear my heels on new years. But I know that I'll be able to blow all of those goals out of the water next year. I was just hoping you would take the time out of your day to watch the videos and possibly help me in getting the word out. I would be forever grateful. Thank you for your time.

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Update 16
21 months ago
Update 15
25 months ago
hey guys! I added a new, updated video!!!

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Update 14
27 months ago
This is my leg. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My leg is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My leg, without me, is useless. Without my leg, I am useless. I must walk my leg true. I must walk straighter than my enemy who is trying to out walk me. I must beat him before he beats me. I will...
My leg and I know that what counts in this war is not the miles we walk, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the steps that count. We will hit...
My leg is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its computer . I will keep my leg clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My leg and I are the role models of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is Amputee's and there is no enemy, but peace!
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Update 13
28 months ago
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andddd check out the new Facebook page to follow my progress: https://www.facebook.com/Ambersjourney590
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Chellie Luna
26 months ago

DEAR AMBER, I just got done reading your story!!! Had a good cry for what you went through, and also for reading all those encouraging word's, you've been through a really hard time, but yet you have so much faith ,hope,courage and strength to make every day count,and matter!!! Your word's made me realize that i need to fight through all my pain and focus on the day's in front of me, even though some day's I'm not sure why GOD needs me here, because I FEEL LIKE I'M worthless, & say I'm not 100% of a body any more?! This story, and the other stories hit me pretty hard, because today is memorial day,& on this day last year I was rushed to the E.R. and found out that I was dying slowly because my blood work came back,& doctor said"your blood in your body is septic!!! I had already gone through 3 surgeries since January of last year, and was trying to adapt to living with half of my right foot, which had got infected,& I was day's away from having another surgery to remove the infection, cuz I was determined to keep my little half foot, so I could still walk,& drive my car!? BUT in stead I woke up the next day in I.C.U.with ANOTHER AMPUTATION, below right knee!!! I'M pretty sure you know how I felt!!! SO if that wasn't ENOUGH, then on JULY 9th, they went back and cleaned it out, because it wasn't healing, THEN ONE MORE TIME on JULY 23rd, went back in& cut some more of my bone!!! FINNALLY HEALED FROM THAT,& was waiting to get my prosthetic leg with foot, & FEB. This year I GOT IT!!! BUTT, walked on it at doctor's office and at home with my walker,I was SO proud of myself, and EXCITED!!! BUTT, next morning woke up to a ciste on my surgery line, nobody was home to take me to E.R. so the more hour's that went by the worse it got, the fluid in the ciste turned purple-black ,some one finnally came home , the hospital said your blood work doesn't show any infection, and just sent me home, a few hour's later, the ciste busted,as I was cleaning it ,all the sudden here came out 3 STITCHES from my from one of my surgeries, and the worse part, it made a HOLE that needed to heal, now that's healed, BUTT, SERIOUSLY ,I'M thinking that the devil must have SOMETHING to do with all this stuff that has been happening, so now I'm not able to practice my walking AGAIN, BECAUSE now, my left leg , that is not amputated, got swollen and ceeped out liquid and made sores that are infected, and is still swollen, got it elavated and talking medicine, & PRAYING for a MIRACLE, I just want to walk, and get my life back!!!? SOOO SORRY for going on.....butt it felt good to get that off my chest, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY!!!this made me see their are sooooooo many different types of stories, BUT we all have the same GOD right by our side!!! & I also just wanted to tell anyone who might read this, PLEASE TAKE diabetes SERIOUSLY!!! OR you might go through some of these thing's that I have!? I WOULDN'T WISH THIS ON ANYONE, SORRY AMBER BUT I CAN'T DONATE, BUT I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND ANY ONE WHO NEEDS IT, GOD BLESS YOU, LOVE YOUR NEW FRIEND CHELLIE LUNA!!!

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Marie Daddario
29 months ago

Dear Amber,I also lost my right leg at age 15 becuse of a drunk driver and on pills.Thank god you have all the support u do..Your brave..I do awsome and ive never not walk in 35 years im 50 now..I did recive a settlement but i was 15 three days before my 15th birthday that happened anyway my parents had access to that and by time i was 18 it was gone.The driver paid doctor bills.Thank god.I sure wish i could of got my money instead of my parents..I still thank god for not dieing.They used jaws life to save me.Wish the best for you sweetie.You will be just fine.Keep pushing yourself.Try the Amputee Colulation hope i spelled that rite.Its agreat circle of people like us.God bless

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Aurora Danielle
31 months ago

I was in color guard in high school in Oklahoma too. I love dance! It would kill me if I could no longer express myself in that way. I can't imagine how you feel!! I'll keep you in my prayers. I wish I could afford to donate something, but prayer is the most I can offer. Good Bless You!!

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$5,620 of $25k goal

Raised by 30 people in 31 months
Created December 15, 2013
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Charles Jinks
24 months ago

You are looking good. eep up the work on your crutches. Regards Charles

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28 months ago (Offline Donation)

another awesome donation by an amazing chiver!!! --Amber

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Chellie Luna
26 months ago

DEAR AMBER, I just got done reading your story!!! Had a good cry for what you went through, and also for reading all those encouraging word's, you've been through a really hard time, but yet you have so much faith ,hope,courage and strength to make every day count,and matter!!! Your word's made me realize that i need to fight through all my pain and focus on the day's in front of me, even though some day's I'm not sure why GOD needs me here, because I FEEL LIKE I'M worthless, & say I'm not 100% of a body any more?! This story, and the other stories hit me pretty hard, because today is memorial day,& on this day last year I was rushed to the E.R. and found out that I was dying slowly because my blood work came back,& doctor said"your blood in your body is septic!!! I had already gone through 3 surgeries since January of last year, and was trying to adapt to living with half of my right foot, which had got infected,& I was day's away from having another surgery to remove the infection, cuz I was determined to keep my little half foot, so I could still walk,& drive my car!? BUT in stead I woke up the next day in I.C.U.with ANOTHER AMPUTATION, below right knee!!! I'M pretty sure you know how I felt!!! SO if that wasn't ENOUGH, then on JULY 9th, they went back and cleaned it out, because it wasn't healing, THEN ONE MORE TIME on JULY 23rd, went back in& cut some more of my bone!!! FINNALLY HEALED FROM THAT,& was waiting to get my prosthetic leg with foot, & FEB. This year I GOT IT!!! BUTT, walked on it at doctor's office and at home with my walker,I was SO proud of myself, and EXCITED!!! BUTT, next morning woke up to a ciste on my surgery line, nobody was home to take me to E.R. so the more hour's that went by the worse it got, the fluid in the ciste turned purple-black ,some one finnally came home , the hospital said your blood work doesn't show any infection, and just sent me home, a few hour's later, the ciste busted,as I was cleaning it ,all the sudden here came out 3 STITCHES from my from one of my surgeries, and the worse part, it made a HOLE that needed to heal, now that's healed, BUTT, SERIOUSLY ,I'M thinking that the devil must have SOMETHING to do with all this stuff that has been happening, so now I'm not able to practice my walking AGAIN, BECAUSE now, my left leg , that is not amputated, got swollen and ceeped out liquid and made sores that are infected, and is still swollen, got it elavated and talking medicine, & PRAYING for a MIRACLE, I just want to walk, and get my life back!!!? SOOO SORRY for going on.....butt it felt good to get that off my chest, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY!!!this made me see their are sooooooo many different types of stories, BUT we all have the same GOD right by our side!!! & I also just wanted to tell anyone who might read this, PLEASE TAKE diabetes SERIOUSLY!!! OR you might go through some of these thing's that I have!? I WOULDN'T WISH THIS ON ANYONE, SORRY AMBER BUT I CAN'T DONATE, BUT I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND ANY ONE WHO NEEDS IT, GOD BLESS YOU, LOVE YOUR NEW FRIEND CHELLIE LUNA!!!

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Marie Daddario
29 months ago

Dear Amber,I also lost my right leg at age 15 becuse of a drunk driver and on pills.Thank god you have all the support u do..Your brave..I do awsome and ive never not walk in 35 years im 50 now..I did recive a settlement but i was 15 three days before my 15th birthday that happened anyway my parents had access to that and by time i was 18 it was gone.The driver paid doctor bills.Thank god.I sure wish i could of got my money instead of my parents..I still thank god for not dieing.They used jaws life to save me.Wish the best for you sweetie.You will be just fine.Keep pushing yourself.Try the Amputee Colulation hope i spelled that rite.Its agreat circle of people like us.God bless

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Aurora Danielle
31 months ago

I was in color guard in high school in Oklahoma too. I love dance! It would kill me if I could no longer express myself in that way. I can't imagine how you feel!! I'll keep you in my prayers. I wish I could afford to donate something, but prayer is the most I can offer. Good Bless You!!

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