Hi my name is Paula!
I have been a cosmetologist for 45 years. I've owned salons and managed a beauty supply within my career. I am also the proud mother of two. I currently work part time at Crescent Park Senior Community in the salon. In 1999-2003 I managed a group home for physically, medically, and developmentally challenged people. I took this job because I have a son with autism, and I needed to learn the ins and outs of the system.
Becoming an amputee
I have been an amputee for almost 7 years. Since becoming an amputee I've been very active, I am a double certified peer visitor for Ampower and Amputee Coalition, and have planned several amputee events. I have ran sixteen 5ks, three Dirty Dash's, multiple obstacle courses, and ran in two 5 miles in a relay race. To date my best is running two, Butte to Butte 10ks up and down hills. Quite an accomplishment for a 64 year old amputee! I also have formed some teams with amputees, family, and friends for doing some of the 5k runs, the biggest team was 16 with 5 being amputees. I've realize that I am just getting started and on my way to planning bigger and better events!
Founding Power on with Limb Loss
I founded Power On With Limb Loss because I saw a huge need for a local support organization within the Lane County area. Where we could really help amputees and physically challenged individuals feel inspired and have the support they need. Whether that is coming to our monthly support group meetings, doing fundraisers for newer prosthetics, or simply having someone to listen and talk with them who can fully relate.
Meet the Board
These three individuals are absolutely incredible in helping Power On With Limb Loss be as impactful as we've been. They all come from different backgrounds providing great insight and knowledge so I am honored to have them on my board. - Paula
I wanted to be part of something that I can see people overcome obstacles and do whatever they set their mind to!
Who wouldn't want to be a part of an organization that truly inspires not only the individuals involved but the entire community.
Most of all it was Paula's vision to make a huge difference in the community. She is an inspiration and empowers those around her!
I'm honored to be a part of the board. What Paula has achieved since becoming an amputee is profoundly inspiring. Her determination, resilience, and passion to never let her limb loss stop her from living life to the fullest is absolutely amazing! Paula doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk or more accurately, Paula RUNS marathons with a positive attitude, strength, and courage!
In April of 2017, I lost my left leg. Being new to the amputee world gives me the opportunity to bring in fresh perspective, knowledge and energy to the table. When I was amputated, my family was very distraught, panicky and anxious. I was able to ease my family's fears because I had worked with Paula and witnessed Paula lead an active, productive and engaging life - this gave me the knowledge and foresight knowing that everything would be okay.