My name is Arielle; I reside in my childhood town of Port Hawkesbury, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Daughter of Donnie and Clair Vienneau, Sister to Nathan Vienneau.
At the age of fourteen I became a left knee disarticulation amputee from a vascular injury that occurred while walking home from school that later turned into gangrene infection after several operations over a two week period.
I am now 31 years old; I have worked for the Nova Scotia Health Authority since 2013. I have had many accomplishments as an amputee, from losing over 100 lbs. to competing and traveling in Parasports, competitive athletics, member of the Disability Advisor Committee and an ambassador/model for the prosthetic fashion company "The Alleles."
I live in Nova Scotia, which, as we know, has non-stop fluctuating weather. I live in constant fear and anxiety of water of all kinds; the ocean, puddles, and rain. I follow a healthy active lifestyle and would consider myself an outdoor enthusiast. I am unable to enjoy activities with family and friends that I once loved like going to Port hood beach to jump the waves, hiking long distances without shelter from the elements, or simply walking through a puddle after heavy rain in a path that leads me to my destination.
Many minutes I spend waiting in cars or buildings waiting for the rain or snow to stop making me late for work or important events. This, unfortunately, does take a toll emotionally, mentally and physically. Nobody should have to worry on a daily basis for their entire life that everyday elements caused naturally by nature could take away your ability to walk.
I am thankful to have partial coverage through employee insurance for this prosthesis. Insurance companies rarely cover the cost of microprocessor prosthesis with electronic components let alone ones which are deemed waterproof, It is a major healthcare crisis for all amputees in Canada.
The additional costs are just not realistic to come up with on my own.
Donations will be used for the following:
- Additional cost to purchase full prosthesis and accessories
- Supplies and repairs to manage longevity of said prosthesis
- Out of province travel and accommodation expenses for future care and services
- Accessibility/safety upgrades
Accessibility is SO much more than wheelchairs, elevators and parking spaces. We take so much for granted every day, including something so simple as the ability to be wet.
Here is a video of the Ottobock Genium X3, which will allow me to live life to the fullest: