Tickets, please! Paul Dougherty of Fort Wayne, Indiana has been an usher at the Allen War Memorial Coliseum for several years and the SRT family is proud to share his story!
How did your amputation occur?
My left side below-the-knee occurred in December of 2008 due to a painful artery disease after three attempts to bypass. My right side above-the-knee was due to a blood clot behind my knee.
Where do you work?
Allen War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana as an usher in Customer Service.
Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
In October of 2010 I was invited to become a certified Peer Visitor through the Amputee Coalition of America through the VA Hospital in Indianapolis because of my positive attitude.
What hobbies or activities are you involved in?
Cycling, swimming, camping, and peer visitation to new amputees. I can do almost anything I did before my amputation. “I do because I can do!”
How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
The ability to be able to move/walk more independently (with crutches) without assistance is very important.
What has your experience been like with SRT?
Their attitude. If I’m not happy – they’re not happy.
What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
It’s not that you can’t do anything anymore; it’s that you can do almost anything, just differently. I gave up being faster than a speeding bullet. I just do it slower. I did give up “leaping over tall buildings”…I just do it one step at at time.
Try it! Fail. Try again. Success comes through failure. Learn to fall, because you will. Always look 3-4 steps ahead. Do not over reach the length of your arm if you’re in your wheelchair. Always put your brakes on, especially when you are transferring.
“It’s not the end of the world. It’s a new world. Never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchill