People Voluntarily Amputate Limbs for More Active Life

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    Feb 26, 2017 3:16 AM GMT
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    NYT: Prosthetic limbs are an increasingly common sight rk. But what sets Adam Taylor’s situation apart from most is that he elected to have his right leg removed below the knee.

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    Feb 26, 2017 3:50 AM GMT
    Well, I did consider having my left foot removed. It hardly can move, can't articulate, solid like a rock due to a birth defect, the bones fused together. It could have gotten me a draft deferment in the 1960s (listening Trump?), but I wanted to serve. Same as my Father during WWII. Who was an amputee, automatically a "4F" deferment, and who did get a waiver, wore an Army uniform, serving until 1946.

    The reason for removal is that my foot hurts a lot. But I hate to mess with stuff. A prosthetic foot will be as flexible as my real foot (meaning not at all). But I won't have any sensation in it, won't feel the ground. In a way I've got a prosthetic foot already. It's just the constant pain that bothers me.
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    Feb 26, 2017 1:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for your family's service to our country unlike others:

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    Feb 26, 2017 2:19 PM GMT
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    Thanks for your family's service to our country unlike others:

    And thank you! But I'm always embarrassed when I hear that, at least in regard to myself. I was having fun! I'm the only one in the family who ever made a career of it (prolly cause I wasn't good for anything else), and as an Officer I could have "quit" at any time. I just loved doing it, nobody forced me.

    But my family... well, that's something different. You read my Father's story. And his 3 brothers also wore military uniforms during WWII, his youngest brother nearly dying in the Pacific island campaign. His ruined health did eventually kill him prematurely. I'm named after my Uncle, my Mother's brother. Killed in France during WWII shortly after the Normandy invasion.

    And yet, oddly enough, I never saw the military as my future. Nor did my parents, who never told me my family military history, never pressured me, actually horrified when I enlisted without their knowledge. It wasn't until years after I retired I looked into my family lineage, and discovered a strange thing.

    Every single generation of my family in this country, for over 360 years, has worn a uniform. Colonial militia in the beginning, then during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the World Wars, all the wars. My oldest son has served in Afghanistan.

    I guess it must be in the genes. I don't mean to brag about it, it's just what it is. I see it more as community service, especially in the early days, aiding your neighbors in time of need. Today it's more a big business, and as I said, I'm the only one who ever got into that "business" as a career. Frankly, there are times I wish my family business had been more about making lots of money, and I had gotten THOSE genes. LOL!
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    Feb 27, 2017 12:44 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidThanks for your family's service to our country unlike others:

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    Wait for the Russian/ alt right angry white men trolls to declare it fake news in 3 ... 2 ...
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    Feb 27, 2017 8:09 AM GMT
    To voluntarily amputate a limb sounds crazy, unless it is for health reasons. Some may amputate just to get a disability grant, which is even more crazier. I once read of a Japanese man who had his penis removed and then cooked and sold it piece by piece at a fundraising dinner. This just to raise money. He raised something like ¥20 000 USYEN.