Johnnie Wilson of Elwood, Indiana has been an excellent friend and patient to the SRT family for years, providing his services as a mentor and patient model for therapists and patients. We are proud to share his success story!
How did your amputation occur?
I was in the Military for 25 years. During Vietnam, the government sprayed the area with a chemical, later, called Agent Orange. This caused PAD and the eventual amputation of my left leg.
Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
My proudest accomplishment is getting out in the public. i.e. Schools and Veterans Organizations and talking about being an amputee.
Where do you work and what do you do?
Before my amputation, I was a High School Girls’ Varsity Track Coach. A year after the amputation they ask me to come back. This was requested by the young athletes! We have always had a winning record as a team. I tell them at the beginning of each year if you don’t think a one-legged coach can do you any good, I will ask one of the coaches to work with you. I have never had one go that route. This will be my 9th year coaching.
What has your experience been like with SRT?
The day after my amputation, one of my nurses knew that the SRT team was in town to conduct a walking program. She called them and they met my wife in the elevator on the way to my room. I have been with them ever since. I consider the SRT Technicians family. I have never had a bad experience with any of them. Always pleasant and have a great sense of humor which they need around me! If I call with a problem, it is resolved immediately either by phone or appointment.
What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
No one chooses to be an amputee. If it happens… face it, get used to it and make it work for you!. Don’t expect too much right off. Listen to SRT, do your exercises, go to the walking programs and above all don’t be a “poor me, poor me”. You will become stronger both mentally and physically if yoy work at it. Make it fun. Fall, get up, fall again, then get up and go.