It is hard to express the feelings of shock and despair I felt waking up in a hospital after my leg had been amputated without warning or mental preparation on July 3, 2012, at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Ohio. My first thoughts were about how the loss of my leg would impact my future and the fulfillment of my dreams. Prior to my amputation, I was very active. I had been a collegiate swimmer and had a 27-year military career. I was an entrepreneur, volunteer, and more. I wondered if the life I knew was over.