GoBack >

Amy's Story


When Amy woke up from surgery, her life was forever changed. She reached down towards her leg that was operated on and when her fingers felt the surgical dressings from her below-the-knee amputation, she let out a sigh of relief. Amy settled back into the hospital bed and was able to sleep knowing that she was finally on the road to recovery and able to move forward with her life.

Amy started rehabilitation while in the hospital. Reconditioning her muscles to relearn daily living activities and core exercises for balance. While Amy worked on her coordination, safe transfer practices and learning to walk on one leg with a walker, her husband built a ramp for the front entrance of their home. In order to be released from the hospital, Amy had to master vehicle transfers with her car and her husband's truck. 

No matter how big or small a challenge was, Amy was able to troubleshoot and adapt. Instead of getting frustrated, she viewed challenges as opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. Amy connected with Disability Network Northern Michigan’s Community Resources team to advocate about disability awareness concerns and inquire about peer opportunities. When faced with the realization that no peer opportunities were available in our area, Amy coordinated with Teter Orthotics and Prosthetics to develop an Amputee Support Group hosted at Disability Network for peers to discuss shared experiences.

Peer support is one of the fundamental services at Disability Network. Who better knows the issues that individuals face than another person with a disability. Peer mentors provide role modeling, discuss disability awareness and build relationships by connecting people. Amy is a vibrant example of how one person can promote personal empowerment and position social change for people with disabilities. To learn more about the Amputee Support Group, click here


You Can Make A Difference!

Learn how YOU can support people with disabilities...

Contact Us

Support Our Work

Disability can occur at any age and at any moment—in fact, 80% of us will have a disability at some point in our lifetime. Your support will help us to continue promoting personal empowerment and positive social change for individuals with disabilities. For every dollar invested in Disability Network, $13 is returned to our region. Our programs boost the economy, create a more inclusive community, and offer tax savings for Michigan residents. 

Learn more

About Us

Most people equate disability with limitations. It’s our job to change the perceptions and realities that prevent people with disabilities from sharing in the community. We provide training, mentoring and referrals to help people with disabilities and their families live productive lives. We also work on a larger scale, helping governments and businesses make changes that benefit everyone in the community.

Read more

Disability Network Northern Michigan

415 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI   49686

Phone: (231) 922-0903
Fax: (231) 922-2597

Accessibility Statement:

Disability Network Northern Michigan is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience. This website has been developed to comply under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which was enacted to eliminate barriers to information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and to encourage the development of new technologies to help achieve these goals. This law requires that all individuals with disabilities have access to information and data comparable to that which is available to individuals without disabilities.

DisabilityNetwork.org is regularly monitored to ensure that it meets the requirements of Section 508, along with the best practices outlined by the W3C’s (World Wide Web Consortium’s) Web Accessibility Initiative, specifically WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) Level A Compliance. We are diligently working to reach and maintain a higher standard of accessibility, which is Level AA Compliance of W3C’s WCAG standards. Because technology changes rapidly, this is an ongoing process.

If you experience any accessibility issues in relation to this website, please contact us. Let us know which page or item you need help with and we will provide a solution that works for you within a reasonable period of time. Questions, comments or complaints about the accessibility of our website, videos or documents can be sent to Jennifer Hutchinson at jen@disabilitynetwork.net.