On this site I will share my stories, photos, videos, and resources that I've gathered through my amputation experience.
There's much to see, learn and connect. So take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about upper amputation, especially a transhumeral (above elbow.)
If you have any knowledge, suggestions, questions, or need more information on my amputation experience, don't hesitate to reach out. I would love to hear from you!
It was easy to amputate after years of debilitating pain and the many attempts to save it. It did not prepare me for the burdensome life without my arm. The public cosmetic difference has led to insecurities, daily tasks are challenging at best to impossible to complete without help, too many hours of prosthetic fitting to be discouraged, still uncomfortable, and useless. I am pain-free! I have embraced and will conquer these challenges.
The hummingbird symbolizes joy, healing, good luck, messages from spirits, and other special qualities. They protect you from negative energy and teach endurance to combat all adversities. The hummingbird shows the sweetness of life. Before my mom passed, we had many talks about how we would keep in touch. She said she would return as a hummingbird.
The Lotus flower represents the journey of the human soul. It represents the struggles of life. A symbol of strength and perseverance. Every single day, it rises out of the muddy waters of darkness to reach the sunlight and bloom its beauty to the world.
Photo to the left is my mom, Nancy, and Grandma, Pauline.
I approach my fears with humor, so I wanted to put something on my arm that would humor the amputee surgeons instead of the usual "X" they use to mark the correct arm. The song “Take my hand, precious Lord” by Elvis Presley was appropriate for the saying and represents good childhood memories. My grandma was a huge influence in my life. She loved his music.
Both my mom and grandma fought a tough battle with brain cancer. They have given me the strength on this journey. It is my way to honor and have them with me.
So, I had a temporary tattoo designed with this symbol and the quote “take my hand”. On the day of the surgery I was extremely nervous. When I went to put the tattoo on I placed the wrong side on my arm so it stuck to the cloth, not my skin. So, I thought it would be fitting to still use the message and chose it as my logo and blog name, "Take My Hand".
Hi, I am Paula Peterson. I have been married to my best friend since 1985. We have two amazing kids, a daughter and a son.
I am an independent, stubborn, fun loving female. I believe my life challenges have defined these qualities, each encounter giving me the opportunity to be a better person. I am receptive and evolving, a constant work in progress. I love outdoor adventure, travel, and a good competition. I have traveled to many beautiful places. I've played sports all my life. It was my release from negativity and allowed me to meet great people.
I take on all my challenges boldly. I will research anything to find a solution. I can come across as a know it all. Over the years, I have learned to give advice when asked, although I occasionally do slip. When I am told I cannot do it, I will do my best to prove I can.
I love animals. I have had several animals in my life. Currently, I have a 15lb dog named Dominiak, who I have trained for pet therapy.
I will continue to share and elaborate on myself on this website in the hopes it will better me and help others on their journey. I was never a person to show my vulnerability, so here I go…