Meet Assaf Dory
Location: Basalt, Colorado
Job: Medically retired Deputy Sheriff
Overcoming a limb challenge
Limb Preservation Foundation (LPF): Tell us about the limb challenge you faced?
Assaf: I couldn’t really wear a prosthetic due to severe complex regional pain syndrome. For the first few years after my amputation, the pain was severe. I couldn’t at all have a prosthetic and I was on crutches or in a wheelchair. Thanks to Dr. Lerman and Dr. Schnur I now have osseointegration and wear a prosthetic from the minute I get out of bed to the minute I go to bed. I’ll be climbing Mt. Elbert in September to promote awareness of Suicide and CRPS and to help break the stigma.
What would you want other people in the same position to know?
There is hope. It’s ok to ask for help. There is no weakness in saying today you are not having a good day.
What do you wish people knew about Limb loss?
It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes it feels like that and it’s ok. But there are people that are willing to listen and help.
What are you most proud of throughout your journey?
The moment I was able to walk with my 12-year-old daughter for the first time ever hand in hand.
What is next for you? What are your hopes for the future? What are some goals you have related to your limb challenge?
To be able to help others.
Why would you recommend that other people facing a limb challenge reach out to the Limb Preservation Foundation?
The care, professionalism, and support.