I have been an amputee for 15 years. I lost my right leg below the knee, 1/2 of my left foot, and all my fingers but my left thumb. For the first few years I couldn’t walk without a cane. I was in constant pain. My prosthetic didn’t fit well and when I walked I “lurched”. Then I met Bill. I have a very unusual alignment, and while other prosthetists tried to force me to walk on a leg that was “bench aligned”, Bill listened to me and adjusted my leg to work for me.
Bill thought outside the box, never giving up on helping me walk better. I was very active before my amputations and I was determined to return to most if not all of the things I could do before. Bill made sure I had the best foot I could get to help me accomplish this. He was always looking for a way to relieve the pain I was in when I stood on my left foot. He finally found the solution, a silicone bootie that pads the bottom of my foot and cushions the bone. I no longer “lurch” when I walk and if I wear long pants you can’t tell I am wearing a prosthetic. I am a strong walker and because of Bill I returned to all of the activities I did before, I’ve even added a few!
Over the years, Bill has become more than just my prosthetist. He has become my friend. He doesn’t just work 9 to 5 but is always available day or night if I have an issue with my leg. One day at work, my titanium foot cracked. I couldn’t walk on it. My co-worker used packing tape to stabilize it so I could finish out my work day. I messaged Bill and he told me to stop by his house on my way home. Bill was at home that day because he was sick, but he didn’t hesitate to come to my rescue. He fixed me up so I could walk until he could order a new foot. I have messaged Bill at midnight because I couldn’t get my leg off, no matter what I did, it was stuck tight. Bill stayed on the phone with me until I got the leg off and made sure I was able to put it on and off without any further problems. How many people would have done that? Not any of the doctors or prosthetists I’ve worked with over the years. I am living a full, productive life as an amputee thanks to Bill Shea.