I did introduce myself in the general forum, so I will try not to repeat myself too much. Like I said, I was born in 1948 and am bilateral.
I also was born with only one arm. There is just smooth skin where my left arm would be. I also only have four toes on each foot.
I had braces on my lower body as a baby which I think was to make my feet turn forward in order to enable me to walk better. Other than those braces the first few years, I have had no other surgeries. During Jr. High, I had an artificial left arm, and during High School, I was fitted with artificial stilt like legs, which put me up to about 5'2" tall, and also another artificial left arm. I went to the Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. to get them fitted and to learn how to use them. I was a sophomore in High School when I got them.
I found them to be very uncomfortable and awkward to use, and discontinued using them when I graduated from High School. Like I mentioned before, I never really felt handicapped until I started using those prosthetics. I should also mention that I am now 3' 4" tall.
I don't ever dwell on, or bring my disability to the attention to anyone because it has never been an issue with me as I grew up, however,
on this forum, I am going to try to post pictures of me the way I really look. I think it would be interesting to see the similarities with others who are going through life with a lot of the same problems.
These are a couple of pictures of me. One as a baby and another with my sister Linda, who is one year older than me, and was born normal. ( that's what we tell her anyway. ha ha )