“Be self-confident and always strive to do the best that you can. Always look at the positives before anything else…”
Last December, Joseph Hatfield was loading his Harley Davidson into storage when both he and the motorcycle fell off the ramp. The bike landed on his leg, crushing his ankle and foot.
The doctor gave him two options—fuse the bones with a 50 percent chance of success or amputation. Joseph made the decision to amputate.
Since that time, he has made great strides towards regaining the level of activity he once had. He said his proudest moment since amputation was when he was able to walk with his wife for the first time without any assistance.
In the grand scheme of things, Joseph doesn’t consider amputation to be the most defining moment in his life. That title goes to when he had to relocate from Michigan to Tennessee because the steel plant he worked at closed.
“Not only did I have to leave everything behind, I had to take my wife and kids away from the family that is still there,” he said.
He spends his free time working on their jeep and collecting and shooting firearms. His idea of a perfect day includes sunny skies and spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids, hanging outside and relaxing. Joseph’s friends would describe him as funny, outgoing and very determined.
To other amputees, he says, “Be self-confident and always strive to do the best that you can. Always look at the positives before anything else and tell yourself that those positives were meant for me.”