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Recommended Reading by "The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists" It was 1969 when author Kevin Garrison was diagnosed with cancer. Not long after that, Garrison's doctor informed him his right foot needed to be amputated. In that moment, Garrison knew his life would be changed forever. In his true story of survival, Garrison shares his incredible journey facing uncertainties and anger, struggling with emotional and physical pain, and fighting fear as he moved further away from his normal routine and into the world of the permanently disabled. As he chronicles the events leading up to his loss, his recuperation, and the adoption of a prosthetic foot, he poignantly details his true feelings, triumphs, setbacks, and positive choices as he learns how to focus on his abilities instead of his disabilities. Through his exploration into his deepest, most personal thoughts, Garrison illustrates a descriptive and sometimes shockingly funny journey as he discovers what it is like to be an amputee and what it really means for his love life and his future career. It's Just a Matter of Balance shares an eye-opening glimpse into the inspiring life of Garrison, who demonstrates to others that with genuine acceptance of our fate, we can finally began to live the life we were meant to have.
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Reviewed for the American Academy of Orthotists & ProsthetistsTitle: It's Just a Matter of Balance - You Can't Put a Straight Leg on a Crooked Man
Author: Kevin S. Garrison, CP, LP
Publisher: iUniverse; Number of pages: 136
Reviewed By: Elizabeth Peterson, resident prosthetist, board eligible orthotist
It's Just a Matter of Balance-You Can't Put a Straight Leg on a Crooked Man is the story of the author's journey from smug high school jock to certified prosthetist with his own practice. Garrison discusses how a minor foot injury interrupted his innocence in the late 1960s. As the story continues and a Desmoid tumor is diagnosed, Garrison takes the reader on a journey through his teenaged denials and emotions. His late high school antics are comical, yet laced with a touch of self-loathing.
Garrison manages to pull himself out of the depths of self-pity when he develops a curiosity about his very ill-fitting Symes-style prosthesis. A mechanical-minded tinkerer, he becomes motivated to explore a career in prosthetics and pursue a quest to fabricate "properly designed limbs."
On his path to adulthood and throughout his education, Garrison is led to different parts of the country. The opportunities that present themselves to him can only be seen as compliments to his talents.
In summary: This book is ideal for those looking to get into the field. Garrison touches on the requirements that he needed to attend prosthetics school and gives insight on what current students can expect (from patient models to the dreaded critique). Featuring a humorous but sincere forward from Academy President-Elect Mac McClellan, CPO, LPO, FISPO, FAAOP, this is an enjoyable, quick read that can easily fit into the "inspirational" section of a personal library.
"Kevin Garrison writes an excellent book that shows life is just a matter of balance. His personal story is an inspiration to us all. To me, as someone who has gone through similar trials, I relate to his recovery and his perception of life. I am very proud of him not just for his book, but how he has conducted his life."
Max Cleland, former United States Senator
"As an educator, I believe this book will surely help high school-and college-aged students find their own strength and passion when creating personal and professional goals. A true story based on courage and the determination to succeed."
Dr. Linda Gettinger-Dinner, MSN, ARNP Associate Professor, Nursing
"This book will touch anyone trying to overcome obstacles and reach a new level of compassion that you think, you don't have. I highly recommend this courageous story to those going through a tragic time, and are seeking the light, at the end of the tunnel."
Veronica Noboa-Pantuso, MS, Psy-D
"Truly inspirational. ... Very graphic, yet with a humorous touch. Puts life
Bryce E. Epstein, M.D.
Fellow American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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