Chrystal Bush from Edgerton, Ohio has been a wonderful patient since 2014, a stroke survivor and has lost over 100 pounds!

How did your amputation occur?
Broke my ankle when I was 14, I was skating with another girl and we crashed into each other. I Wasn’t able to get the ankle cared for. When I was 18 I found out that it was broken. I taped my ankle all the time with sports tape. I had 4 surgeries on it in my 40’s and they weren’t able to save the leg.

Where do you work and what do you do?
Before I had my amputation, I was a nurse. I worked in the phlebotomy field. I am disabled now. I had a major stroke at 45. I couldn’t walk or talk. It took my whole right side. I was in Florida during this time. That is where I had my stroke. I was in rehab there for 6 weeks.

Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
Completing Nursing school when I was 24, and I had a 3 year old at the time. Raising my daughter. When I had my stroke I beat so many odds and was able to re learn to talk and walk. Recently just this year I was walking with a cane and now I am independent when I walk. I can sweep my home and keep it clean. I can cook meals and run errands. I enjoy my bible studies because I get out and meet with friends and talk with them. I also volunteer for the church.

How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
If it isn’t fitting right, it makes it a bad day. If its not fitting correctly it doesn’t give me the stability I need to walk.

What has your experience been like with SRT?
It’s hard to put into words. SRT gave me the opportunity at a new life from the first time I stood up on my own.

What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
Take it one day at a time. Don’t give up on yourself. Its hard but it will get better. Trust me I know.