Linda Smith Swerdlow
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Frustrated with existing canes, Linda decided to use her knowledge of biomechanics to build a better one.

On January 15th of 2013 an SUV crashed into the driver's side door of my car. Over the next two years I would undergo hand, shoulder and hamstring surgery as well as five procedures and eight long post-op and post-procedure periods. I was continually told after the accident that I had unreasonable and unrealistic expectations in regard to my long-term prognosis. What almost everyone including my physicians didn't understand was that I didn't believe, nor did I expect my surgeries and PT to return my broken, twisted, disabled body to the way it was before the accident. I expected my surgeries and PT to give me an opportunity. Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."

The crutches, leg brace, walker and traditional cane that I used after my surgeries forced my body to be misaligned and move in ways it was never designed for to maintain balance causing secondary disability. Those mobility devices bankrupted the opportunity my surgeons had given me. The only difference between the injuries I sustained in the accident and the secondary disability caused from the mobility devices was the speed with which they inflected injury and disability.

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