My name is Aaron Curry and I live in North West, New South Wales with my family.
I became an amputee in 2018 following a tragic work accident in March 2017. I was working in a factory when 700kgs of steel fell on top of my leg where I suffered unrepairable damage to my left leg, and because of this, I’ve now become an amputee.
After 22 unsuccessful operations to try and save my left leg and foot, the medical team treating me was left with only one other option and that was to amputate my leg below the knee (BKA) to save my life. It has been hard, but I’ve pushed through the bad times because life isn’t meant to be easy and short. My determination is unbelievable to the point I’m now back running and enjoying life the best way I can. Yes, my leg may slow me down, but it doesn’t stop me from achieving my goals.
Thanks to Kris at APC Hunter, I’m fitted with a transtibial prosthesis and I currently have an everyday leg and a water leg which are both awesome. Being an NDIS participant means I get looked after very well and that everything I need for my prosthesis and disability is covered with the NDIS. I’m only new to the scheme but have been happy with the outcomes that have been completed so far.
My everyday leg is fantastic, I can run, do gym work, and most of all I can enjoy life how I was able to before my accident. My water leg is great as well as it enables me to go swimming and visit the beach with my family and kids. Both of my legs have an awesome design printed on them to my liking. I am grateful for the team at APC Hunter, they have done a fabulous job with my needs and have taken excellent care of my legs, including solving any issues I’ve had and the ongoing support has been awesome as well.
My life has changed a lot, I’ve now learnt to do things differently to other non-amputees. I may be slower now than when I was before, but my mindset is different from most because I still achieve my work and my day-to-day activities. Before my work accident, I was an active sports player in both soccer and cricket for my local clubs. This was a passion I’ve had since I was a little kid growing up around sports and I love just to go on the field and have some old fashion fun. I haven’t played these sports since December of 2016 and I deeply miss them, but I’m determined to play cricket next season in 2020.
I can now be prouder of myself in a way that other people wouldn’t understand, but I hold my head extremely high and I don’t care anymore what people have to say to me. My thought pattern has changed as I remind myself it’s more important to achieve my goals right to the end. My favourite saying, which I believe is so important within the amputee community, is to never give up no matter how hard life gets, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life is not easy even for the best of people, but you just need to keep pushing through and not to just give up.
My goals in life are to just have fun with everyday life. I don’t wake up every day and think ‘how can I do what I need to do?’ but rather ‘what new task or goals can I achieve today?’ It may take me a little more time to complete but never has it stopped me from pursuing my goals each day.
I look forward to getting back into the sports that I love so much and to watch my kids grow up. My family and my personal goals are the most important things in my life. I’m currently doing a support programme that helps other amputees in the same situation I’m in, and I help them in any way I can even if it’s an ear to just listen or a shoulder to cry on. I’m one of those people that people can rely on 100% of the time and I never, ever fail. I enjoy helping people out in times of need and for that, I expect nothing in return other than being grateful for what I have done.