We are proud to share the inspiring journey of Becky Fritchman of Jonesboro, Indiana
How did your amputation occur?
A persistent infection occurred after my last surgery. I could have continued treating the symptom, but I chose the better route of amputation in October of 2019 for a better quality of life.
Where do you work and what do you do?
I am a Paraprofessional at Mississinewa School Corporation at Westview Elementary. I assist Kindergarten and first graders with letter and word recognition.
Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
To be able to bounce back after each setback and continue to do what I love: working with kids and being a positive role model to others who may be struggling with issues in their own life.
What hobbies or activities are you involved in? Why do you enjoy them?
I would say I don’t have a traditional hobby, but if socialization would be a hobby, that’s me! I love to connect people with the same interests.
How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
It plays a big part in my every day. If you have a great fit then you are able to be active and do things for that day. A good fit means a good day. A bad fit means a bad day. If you have a bad fit, you may just sit in a chair all day feeling sorry for yourself. As long as I know my leg is on tight, then I feel confident walking more and being more active.
How did you come to learn about SRT?
Through my cousin. I liked the fact that that there are several close to where I live. If I’m in Fort Wayne, I’ll go to that one. If I need an appointment closer then I can go to the Kokomo office.
What has your experience been like with SRT?
It’s been awesome. From the office staff to my prosthetist, Julie McCay. They are all so kind and supportive.
What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and believe in yourself. Join amputee support groups on Facebook. This has been a big plus in connecting me with other above-the-knee amputees. Someone is most likely going through what you are on a daily basis. Trust the team that works with you. Your success is their success.
The hardest part about this journey has been mental and emotional. I have to prepare myself every time I went out in public because I felt that I looked different, but mentally I overcame this and acted normal.
My husband and I went to a business and as we were leaving, the owner asked about my leg. He had no idea it was amputated until I told him it was. He just noticed that I was limping a bit. I enjoy sharing my story whenever I am asked.
Julie McCay, my prosthetist, has made my leg look almost like a real leg. A lot of people don’t realize that it is a prosthetic leg unless I tell them.
Faith plays a big part in my daily attitude. I have a huge support system which helps, also. My husband, our daughters, family, church family, friends, they all help to keep me staying positive through this journey. I’m very thankful to be where I am today – still growing daily in my new journey.