Jennifer isn't afraid to tell you that being an amputee has its challenges. But she's also not afraid to boast that she's overcome all of those challenges, thanks to the help of the team at Superior.
"I have a runner's prosthesis. I wanted to ballroom dance, so I have a dancing leg. I have an exercise leg and (I'm getting) a soccer and basketball leg so I can have the movement to do those things too," she says.
This from the woman who got married, biked in Tuscany during her honeymoon in Italy and made a significant career change all since her accident just two years earlier.
"I was on my way to work one morning ... an under-the-influence teenage driver crossed the center line, passed out at the wheel and hit me head-on. It demolished my foot."
After several surgeries in an attempt to save her right foot, Jennifer made the decision to amputate. And it's a decision she doesn't regret.
"What (Superior) told me was that life as an amputee is OK," she says. "They told me I could live life again and run again."
She runs just as much as she did before the accident and participates in Team Superior events. She's able to keep up with the many activities of her three very active sons just fine. And now, as a fifth grade math and science teacher, she has the mobility to manage her classroom of energetic students.
For Jennifer, being an amputee is more than just OK.
"My students don't yet know that I'm an amputee," she says. "That's an amazing thing. ... There's nothing I can't do now."
Mike tells his friends that he only has one habit – lifting weights.
On May 6, 2009, Mike was involved in a serious machining accident at work that caused him to lose part of his arm.
While he was still in the hospital in Nashville, his wife helped connect him with the team at Superior. Before Mike was discharged, he was already putting the pieces in place for a successful recovery.
And successful it was.
He returned to work as a welder just three months after the accident. He says his life today is as normal as ever. He still enjoys biking and boating on the lake. He cherishes time with his two young daughters and works out as much as time allows.
He also bears a tattoo that commemorates the date of his accident.
"I still do everything," Mike says proudly. "I'm trying to think of some limitations, but I just find a way to do them anyway. I just keep going."
And yes, he still lifts. Four times a week, in fact.
"It's a habit that makes me happy and keeps me out of trouble," Mike says with a smile.
Join the Team
Whether you are a runner and dancer like Jennifer or a lifter like Mike, Team Superior is here to offer you support in your athletic endeavors. We offer amputees access to organized sporting activities, sports education and new product fairs, all to help you build your confidence and return to an active lifestyle. Created for all ages, Team Superior will assist you in finding the perfect event, whether it's a competitive sport or a recreational activity.
We have helped patients participate in archery, basketball, wheelchair basketball, cycling, hand-cycling, fishing, golf, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis.
Have a particular goal in mind? Ask us. We'll help you get there.
Team Superior also offers information and support for The Paralympic Games and athletes.
- Athletics (Track & Field)
- Football (Soccer)
- Table Tennis
- Alpine Skiing
- Nordic Skiing and Biathlon
- Ice Sledge Hockey
- Wheelchair Curling