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Photo for the RAND Corporation report: Economic Value of Advanced Transfemoral Prosthetics.

Looking back at my last post, I recognize a natural page break. I took time away from self-presentation to focus more on self-exploration, self-improvement, and self-reflection. I went back to UNC for graduate school, joined and sold my family’s business, went corporate, married my favorite human, quit corporate, joined AOPA, traveled, loved and lived.

I have more to be grateful for than I could possibly list. With every hand shake and every hug, I gather more love for my fellow humans. Words I use to describe the different groups of friends and family I find myself surrounded by include; my hive, my tribe, my village, my framily, my crew, the loves of my life, and my meaning. I still find the Walter Rosenblum quote to be the most accurate representation of my own perspective, “In my philosophy the meaning of one’s life derives from the people one has known and loved who have made life inexhaustible in its richness.”

Over a year ago, I joined the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association as the manager of projects, a position that had not previously existed. Though I was ready to leave the clinical environment, I wanted to continue serving the limb loss/difference community and the healthcare professionals dedicated to orthotic and prosthetic care. I had learned so much in my role as the director of operations at Beacon P&O, and this new role at AOPA felt like the perfect opportunity to apply my education, experience and talent.

This new(ish) career is proving to be incredibly rewarding, full of diversity and challenge. I remain excited and enthused, day in and day out. In many ways, it feels like a dream job.

What a wonderful journey!

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