For Jaymie Noffke, life as an amputee started at the age of 2 when she had bilateral above knee amputations as a result of a tibial deficiency. Jaymie was born without tibias – the bone connecting the knee and ankle, and amputation was the only solution that would allow Jaymie the ability to walk.
Now, as a young mother and wife, Jaymie says the only challenges she experiences now relate to change.
“I haven’t experienced much in terms of challenges. I would say the greatest challenge in life is dealing with change. I recently started a new job. I’m not in my ‘comfort zone’ quite yet because I haven’t developed relationships with all of my peers,” says Jaymie. “With such a change comes meeting new people who are not familiar with me.”
To help her better deal with change, Jaymie plans ahead.
“I often times have to visit the hospital for meetings and in the beginning, I did not always know where I was going,” explains Jaymie. “I plan ahead as much as possible to ensure I have plenty of time since I don’t walk as fast as a typical person.”
At Clark & Associates in Cedar Rapids, Jaymie sees CPO Travis Carlson.
“I have seen many prosthetists throughout my life, and I feel Travis is one of the most caring. He truly helps me out in any way he can and has my best interest at heart,” says Jaymie. “He is honest with me about what he thinks is best for me and is very accommodating.”
At Clark & Associates, Jaymie is an inspiration to our new amputees who are worried about leading an active life, becoming a parent and fulfilling their dreams of raising a family.
“I have two children, ages 3 and 6. They keep me very active. I spend my day working, cleaning, cooking and caring for my family. We live in a 3 story home which forces me to use stairs. I am able to carry laundry, etc. up and down the stairs, I carried my children as babies, and I enjoy shopping – which can involve a lot of walking,” describes Jaymie. “I live a very ‘normal’ life.”