This is my reply:
“I’m glad you brought up the point that prosthetics are a tool. Just as I see them as a tool. I use them
everyday at work and sometimes if I go to play pool or something that requires legs. But just in the way someone wears shoes to hike and some to jog I feel there are times I use a skateboard and wheelchairs which are better suited to the situation. I feel like you are saying I am living half a live without legs when in fact I live a more full life.
Just because I put on legs doesn’t make me a more complete man. I am complete. It’s about loving myself. If someone has self-esteem issues maybe strapping some legs on makes them feel good. I can see if you lost your legs due to injury how putting legs on could possibly make you feel empowered.
I go out with or without them depending on what I need to do. So the comfort comes from the same way someone may take off their shoes. At the end of the day prosthetics are just shoes. I would rather encourage people to love their body then put faith in some artificial limb. I still take them off to swim, shower, make love and sleep every night. It’s more important that I am comfortable with me then worry about my “legs”.
I live a varied life and I like being on varied levels. I don’t think because I put on prosthetics I am any better, they just makes me taller. I am the same person either way.”
In no way am I saying people shouldn’t wear prosthetics. My C-legs are the best legs I have ever owned and I stopped using a cane after only having them a few months.”
I believe being happy comes first and you can’t replace human legs with metal parts. But you can accept that you can live a great life and have many experiences with or without legs and that is what I would like people to know about me. It doesn’t mean others have to follow my lead. It’s just offering some comfort to those that may feel they are incomplete. I am complete and that comes from loving me just the way I am.