It’s Just a Matter of Balance

You Can’t Put a Straight Leg on a Crooked Man

by Kevin S. Garrison



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/18/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781543458367
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781543458374
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781543458350

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Kevin S. Garrison became involved in prosthetic work when he was 19 years old and employed by a local prosthetic limb facility for several years in El Paso, Texas. He then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, subsequently transferring to Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where he successfully completed his prosthetic studies. After successfully completing his formal prosthetic education, Mr. Garrison practiced prosthetics for numerous years before founding Garrison’s Prosthetic Services, Inc. in 1986 in North Miami Beach, Florida. He continues owning and operating his successful prosthetic care company today. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Garrison has a United States patent for a Quick Change Mechanism for a Limb Prosthesis, had an article published in the Journal of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association titled “Prosthetic Modifications for the Treatment of Marginally Viable Below-Knee Amputations”, Volume 37, Number 2, 1983, p. 53. In 2017 he wrote a third edition of his inspirational autobiographical memoir It’s Just a Matter of Balance: You Can’t Put a Straight Leg on a Crooked Man, which is now listed as recommended reading by the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, also in The Veterans and Active Duty Military Psychotherapy Treatment Planner under Amputation, Loss of Mobility, and/or Disfigurement. He hopes that people looking for self help and anger management for amputees will find his book, as it was the book he would have wanted when first became an amputee. Mr. Garrison has been living in South Florida since 1980; he has five children – two daughters and three sons.