Brave. Positive. Independent.

Do you have a bionic arm?  You look like a Transformer!  These are some of the comments I get when I wear my MyoPro.

From a young age, I was always telling everyone “I do it myself”.  While that statement holds true, these days it looks a little different.

I have a Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI).  There are many degrees of Brachial Plexus injuries, mine affected my left arm resulting in the loss of use from the elbow down.

I took my arm for granted.  Hey, I’ll admit it.  The thought never occurred to me that I would have to navigate the 2nd half of my life one handed.

  • I cried.  I’m talking ugly cry
  • I prayed
  • I worked hard both mentally and physically
  • I started to see results

Then it happened (not overnight, mind you) but it was there alright, Independence.  A sliver of what used to be but a glimpse into what could be.

While I still couldn’t do it all myself, hope came to me in the form of a Myopro.  It is an orthotic that I wear on my arm that has a motorized assist to help me bend my arm so that I can carry things and also a hand portion that allows me to have a grasp.  

I still can’t use my arm like I did before but it sure makes it easier to “do it myself”.

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