I’d like to introduce you to Lamoni. He is an exceptional husband, father, friend, warrior, finisher and competitor among other things. He has been through many of life’s highs (very high) and lows (very low) and has found a way to combat what he calls the “dirty birds” – negative voices in our heads.
We decided to start this blog to document Lamoni’s journey. (I’m Cami, his wife, and the person who will be writing most of the posts and typing all of them.) We have envisioned this blog as a documentary and a learning tool for our children, family and friends – but hopefully we can inspire others in their obstacles and journeys as well. I have two warnings for our readers. . . First: I have never been nor will I ever be a good writer. Writing has always been a struggle for me, but I feel Lamoni’s story is too important to be worrying about my silly writing skills. Second: This blog is not going to be all happy and encouraging all the time — because that’s not how life is. We have definitely learned that, and I know all of you know that as well. Lamoni doesn’t want to “pretend” that having obstacles and difficulties is easy and you can/should just smile your way through them. He will “tell it like it is”. He does strive to be an inspiration and to uplift people, but he also wants to be real. Life is real, and sometimes life sucks. We want to share the “day-in-the-life” story as it really is – REAL.
Let’s start with a quick overview of Lamoni’s journey through life so far. When he was 5 years old he was involved in a lawnmower accident that left him without his right foot. When he was 16 years old he went through two leg-lengthening procedures. When he was 26 years old he voluntarily amputated his stub higher to get better prosthetics to help with his active lifestyle. This last surgery sent him into a deep depression and addiction to pain killers that lasted almost 7 years. It has been just this last year that Lamoni has begun to fight back — to slay those dirty birds and take back his life and his mind. He wants to share his journey, his successes, and even his failures with the hopes to inspire others and give them a glimpse of a “day-in-the-life” of a peg leg racer, peg leg father, peg leg finisher, and just an all-around peg-iddy pegged of a great guy.