“Paralympians are used to adapting”

February 27, 2021Blog
With the Japan 2020 Games postponed, sprinter Julie Rogers’ Paralympic dreams are on hold until next year. She explains how she’s remaining positive and determined to succeed. I was born with a congenital condition which meant that the tibia and fibula bones in my right leg didn’t form properly, so it had to be amputated [...]

“The LA has improved my life in so many ways”

February 27, 2021Blog
What’s it like to volunteer for the LA? We ask Ian O’Loughlin, a volunteer visitor at the LA. “The LA has improved my life in so many ways” A friendly atmosphere and rewarding work mean Ian O’Loughlin loves his role as a volunteer at the LA. Ian has over 30 years’ experience working in a [...]

“Leg jokes? I take them in my stride…”

February 27, 2021Blog
Columnist Ella Dove reflects on the reactions she's encountered on her limb-loss journey – the good, the bad and the awkward. A few months after my amputation, I was in the supermarket with my mum. It was the early stages after receiving my first prosthetic leg, and I was walking with crutches. Wobbly and anxious, [...]

AmpLAfy Episode 2

February 17, 2021Podcast
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? When it comes to our appearance, we all have good days and bad days – and this perception of ourselves is a huge determiner of both our mood and our confidence. When you lose a limb, your body changes. It makes sense, therefore, that your [...]

AmpLAfy Episode 1

February 3, 2021Podcast
Whatever your age and whatever the cause of amputation, the psychological impact of losing a limb is huge. With such a seismic and shocking change to life, it’s natural that the mind can be just as affected as the body. In this episode, Tracy Ralph tells her story of losing both her legs and her [...]

In This Together

May 18, 2018Step Forward

Celebrating the small things and taking a holistic approach to care are two of the recommendations of new research into the impact of limb loss on families. We explore the findings and speak to veteran Michael Mellon about his family’s own experience of limb loss

“It was an emotional rollercoaster”

May 18, 2018Step Forward

The Living with Pain course at Harold Wood brought people with limb loss together to share their emotions and experiences. Psychological therapist Kim Lyons explains why its success was all down to the ‘exceptional’ participants.

Marathon effort

May 9, 2018Fundraising, Step Forward

Despite it being the hottest London Marathon on record, the LA runners all finished the course, raising more than £9,000. Here our brave runners tell their stories and describe what the day meant to them.