Christa Couture Tells Us Why She Doesn't Hide Her Prosthesis
At amparo, we love speaking with amputees from all walks of life and from all corners of the Earth to learn about their journey and their experiences. Christa Couture is a decorated musician, writer, and self-proclaimed 'cyborg' from Canada. She is also an above-knee amputee and one we noticed from her beautiful pregnancy photo shoot that went viral earlier this year. We caught up with her to find out what her personal struggles were with being an amputee at such an early age and how she's overcome obstacles in her life.
How did your journey as an amputee begin?
My left leg was amputated above the knee when I was 13 years old after chemotherapy and radiotherapy failed as treatments for the bone cancer I had. Amputation was the cure, and I have always felt lucky to have had one.
What was the hardest part of your rehabilitation?
Now that I've been an amputee for 25 years, I think the hardest part has been realizing how slow rehabilitation was -- in some ways, it continues to be as I'm always working on my strength and capacity. In the beginning, the hardest part was simply being in a lot of pain. It's important to know that it gets better and it gets easier.
Describe the feeling you had when you put on your first prosthetic leg?
I don't remember a lot since it was a long time ago, though I do remember during the first few weeks of rehab the moment I took my first steps without holding on to the bars. I felt great pride! It was wonderful to make progress and start to see that I could move independently again.
What was the hardest moment for you as an amputee and how did you overcome that?
The hardest moments have been when I have felt excluded. I overcome that by creating opportunities and seeking out experiences that I love and enjoy and can be included in. But the exclusion of people with disabilities is not something in the past -- it will always come up.
What is one thing you are most proud of?
My music and releasing four albums!
What makes you feel like an #EmpoweredAmputee?
My floral cosmesis -- making my prosthetic decorative changed the way people look at me and the way I look at myself. It's a beautiful accessory and I feel good in it. I like being seen, wheras for years I felt like I was hiding that I was an amputee. These days, I celebrate it.