“Give yourself grace and be patient – you’re going to be presented with new challenges all the time.”
Having been born with a birth defect, Amy Bream finds that self-confidence is something she must strive for.
“I’ve always been stubborn so I didn’t let my prosthesis get in the way of living life, but I shied away from the gym or any sort of sport,” Bream said.
Her family and friends have been her biggest support system, always encouraging her, but never allowing her use her prosthesis as an excuse.
“I was on a family beach vacation and my brother-in-law started challenging me to be more confident in myself,” she said. “At that time I didn’t really even wear shorts because I was trying to blend in as much as possible. He told me that people will react in turn to however I handle myself and my leg.”
“He told me that my leg shouldn’t define how I think men will view me, and that self-confidence is more attractive than outer physical appearance. As basic as that conversation sounds, it really affected my outlook. After that conversation I started to wear more shorts and dresses and really push myself out of my comfort zone.”
Since she was born with one leg, many obstacles have become present, but Amy has sought to stop caring so much what she looks like and try new activities, even when she’s nervous. Uniquely, opening up and trying new activities has opened a whole new world for her. She has practiced her self-confidence by joining a boxing gym and has learned how to kick box in her spare time.
In addition, she loves to spend time outside—kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, swimming and paddle boarding. Amy said that on a perfect day, you can either find her outside swimming or kayaking with friends.
“Self-confidence is more attractive than outer physical appearance,” she said. Realizing this was one of her most defining moments in life and has really affected her outlook.
When it was time for her to get a new prosthesis, Amy had met a girl in Nashville who also was born with a birth defect. At the time, Amy was looking for a new clinic for prosthesis care and the girl has suggested to try Bulow OPS. She’s been with them ever since she had that first consultation.
For any new amputees, here are some of her words of advice:
“Give yourself grace and be patient – you’re going to be presented with new challenges all the time. You won’t always handle them well or be as strong as you want to be, and that’s okay. Just let yourself try again the next day.”