Recommended Reading by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and The Veterans and Active Duty Military Psychotherapy Treatment Planner.
"A heartwarming debut memoir about finding meaning in the face of loss...His sly sense of humor, meanwhile, provides a good balance to his heavier material."
- Kirkus Reviews
Now in its third edition, It’s Just a Matter of Balance is a self-help book for amputees, offering understanding for those in need and those truly interested in the effects of permanent disability.
In 1969, teenager Kevin Garrison was diagnosed with cancer. Not long after that, his doctor informed him he needed a Syme amputation and he would lose his right foot. In that moment, Garrison knew his life would be changed forever.
In his true story of survival, Garrison shares his incredible journey facing uncertainties and anger, struggling with emotional and physical pain, and fighting fear as he moves further away from his normal routine and into the world of the permanently disabled. As he chronicles the events leading up to his below the knee amputation, his recuperation, and the physiological adjustment needed for the adoption of a prosthetic limb, he poignantly details his true feelings, triumphs, setbacks, and positive choices as he learns how to focus on his abilities instead of his disabilities and overcome challenges.
Through his exploration into his deepest, most personal thoughts, Garrison illustrates a descriptive and sometimes shockingly funny journey as he discovers what it’s like to be an amputee and what it really means for his love life and his future career. It's Just a Matter of Balance shares an eye-opening glimpse into the inspiring life of Garrison, who demonstrates to others that with genuine acceptance of our fate and dedication to anger management, we can finally began to live the life we were meant to have.
It’s Just a Matter of Balance is a helpful resource for amputees, people with disabilities or mobility loss and people with artificial limbs—and a must-read for anyone who loves a heartfelt story of triumph over adversity.