EPISODE SHOW NOTES
Episode 61: A Family Survival Story: Prosthesis, Recovery, and Resilience featuring Rosalie and Michael Mastaler
When Hunter became an amputee at just 4 years old his parents, Rosalie and Michael Mastaler, had to negotiate a host of feelings including guilt, grief, and worry for how their son would adapt. The loss of his lower leg altered their lives and how they cared for him but Rosalie and Michael soon realized that the most powerful tool they could offer Hunter was resilience. They understood that they had to avoid feeling sorry for Hunter so he wouldn’t in turn feel sorry for himself.
CONNECT WITH ROSALIE:
Hunter is now 10, is a competitive swimmer, and has been able to connect with other amputees and differently-abled children, as well as travel across the country to attend various conventions and events. Though losing his limb was a painful experience, one that has forever changed his and his family’s life, they have been able to learn more about their strengths, cope with their differences, and become closer as a family than ever before.