Michael Roll’s Story
I have been an amputee since the age of 18, thanks to a run in with Meningococcal Disease I contracted on a footy trip. I originally had one below knee amputation but have since had my second leg amputated due to chronic pain, infection and limited mobility. That decision was the best decision I have ever made!
A couple of months after the operation, I was up on a pair of Össur Re-Flex Rotates and walking, playing sport and living a better life – this time, pain free. This new lease on life opened doors that were at one time sealed shut. Things like running suddenly became an option and with the help of the Össur Team and ProMotion Prosthetics, this new dream became a reality. After nine years of basically limping around, favouring my left foot and limited mobility, I was able to move swiftly again under my own steam! For me, it wasn’t about elite sport or running like the wind, it was the liberating feeling of moving freely again, the mental benefits alone were enormous. Shortly after, I attended my first Mobility Clinic held in Brisbane, there was no better place to learn how to get the most out of my new prosthetics!
I recently attended my third Össur Mobility Clinic – This time it was in Adelaide and as is the case each year, it was a brilliant event! This event just goes from strength to strength, although it certainly doesn’t get any easier!
The last 2 years I have turned my focus to introducing amputees to Golf. The participation (from all ages) has been incredible at the past 2 clinics. With Australian amputee golfing legend Geoff Nicholas showing the way, it’s been a wonderful inclusion. Golf as a sport can provide so much to amputees, but I believe it’s the accessibility that is most attractive.
The insightful, inclusive, educational and empowering content and activities at the Össur Mobility Clinics are fantastic for Australian amputees of all ages and their families. I’m really proud to be a part of these events, thanks to the whole Össur team.