Hey people! Christina here…

Even though JT tells me I can write whatever I want, whenever I want on this here blog, I sort of made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t turn this space into ZOMG-AMPUTEE-DISABILITY-ADVOCACY-CHECK-OUT-MY-LEG central.

However, I owe you guys.

I owe you guys a big thank you.

This journey to no-organic-left-footedness began back on January 16th, and by February 4th, I was wondering how on earth I was going to pay my mortgage and other bills, since I was unable to work and not financially prepared to be unemployed for months. I put my student loans on forbearance (Paying your own way through med school = not cheap), literally crawled to my basement to sell stuff on eBay, and prayed called JT to ask what he thought I should do.

JT posted a blog asking you guys to help, and you did. When I posted an update, explaining that I was going to have my left foot amputated below the knee, you helped out a little more.

You really, really did. You immoral, baby-eating atheists tossed me your hard earned cash.

I feel like it would be uncouth to say exactly how much you guys donated to me, and to be honest, I don’t even know exactly how much, but between you and help from family, friends outside this community, family-of-friends, and co-workers, I managed to pay my mortgage up so that my next payment is not due until May 1st. I’ve already returned to work in my research lab (which is one day a week) and hopefully will get a work release from my surgeon on Monday so I can get back to work as a home health occupational therapist. It will take me awhile to work my way back to full-time status since I have to rebuild my caseload from scratch and I’m going to have a swell time getting into people’s homes without a prosthetic (we’re going to start working on that next week! I am SO happy. However, it’s like not like I’ll be fully functional with it right away, that takes time, too) but I swear I will manage to figure it out.

I quite literally cannot thank you enough. When I finally get my prosthetic leg, I’ll feel like atheists and skeptics helped me get it. When I look down at my leg, I won’t see a piss-poor excuse for an organic part, a reminder of how damaged and broken I am – I’ll see the beauty of carbon fiber and titanium, and a reminder that this community came together when I really needed help.

Thank you.

Learn more about Christina and follow her @ziztur.

PERSONAL: Mid day lab pics from the wife.
Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.
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  • wiznerd

    Why not revive and make a section there *just for* posting ZOMG-AMPUTEE-DISABILITY-ADVOCACY-CHECK-OUT-MY-LEG stuff? Your fans will follow you!

    • The Nerd

      Do it. DO IT!

  • TheMiller

    This should be sent as a challenge to the faithful everywhere. Pray the leg back onto Christina and she’ll convert to your religion.

    • Jasper

      I don’t know… it may be tough. God won’t even hear the case unless there’s at least 100 million prayers… and then there’s the whole problem of negative energy in the room messing up his delivery system.

      • Loqi

        Plus I’m told by numerous religious leaders that god only answers prayers if you send them large amounts of money. I don’t know if Christina has raised the kind of money required for even an entry-level prayer answering package.

  • baal

    I’m glad you’re posting again and doing ok.

    • Katybe

      Me too – I was actually thinking as the page loaded up that we hadn’t heard anything and wondering how you were getting on.

  • Glodson

    Well, I wish I could have helped more. Glad to hear you are doing well, and hope to hear more from you soon.