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Jordan ‘Jo’ Beckwith, shares her journey of life after amputation

Jo Beckwith lost her leg and became a below-knee amputee at the age of 27 due to a horseback riding accident she had when she was a child (13 years). 

Jordan ‘Jo’ Beckwith is an American YouTuber and advocate also known as Footless Jo. She is a below-knee amputee whose content focuses on disability and mental health awareness.

Beckwith lives in Colorado. In 2018, at age 27, Beckwith began considering amputation after being told that an ankle replacement, the other treatment option, would only delay amputation for another 1.5–5 years. She underwent below-knee amputation on October 11, 2018, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. She was married to Brian until their divorce in 2022.

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Her work on social media

Beckwith began her YouTube channel, Footless Jo, during her recovery from amputation in 2018. In 2019, the channel became more prominent following a video she released titled, “How I Said Goodbye to My Ankle”. That video went viral and garnered over 8 million views. Footless Jo focuses on amputation, disability, and mental health. Beckwith’s second channel, Trauma Talk, which she stopped posting to in 2021, explored living in the aftermath of trauma.

In 2021, Beckwith partnered with Shades for Migraine in a media campaign to raise awareness about migraines. She has said her migraines, which began in her 20s, are more debilitating and difficult than being an amputee.

As of April 2022, Footless Jo has 688,000 subscribers. Beckwith also has 40,000 followers on Instagram and 71,800 followers on TikTok.

Who is Jo Beckwith

She is a public speaker, advocate, and writer, who passionately believes in the incredibly perseverant capacity of the human soul. We may not have the exact same life experiences, but she knows that as human beings, we have the unique capacity to help each other heal and grow by sharing our stories.

Jo often speaks in front of an audience or a camera and share her experiences as an amputee and survivor of trauma. Mental health is at the forefront of most talks as she has faced depression, anxiety, PTSD, and know the importance of attending to the temperature of our minds. Her two YouTube channels, Trauma Talk and Footless Jo, are incredible outlets for her to be able to speak about her experiences.

How was the accident on the horse?

Beckwith went on a horse ride with some friends in the open field. She was on a former racehorse that “liked to go fast,” she recalls. She remembers the horse’s name, Georgia. She remembers her friends having more experience riding than her. A few miles from the barn, she remembers Georgia stumbling and falling off the horse. She doesn’t remember much else. When she came to, she thought she felt fine. Until she tried to stand.

Hours later at the emergency room, Beckwith had her first of many conversations with doctors about her right ankle, which had been uniquely shattered. The end of her ankle had broken off and shoved an inch of her ankle bone up into her leg. “It was a cool day for doctors, because they’d never seen a break like that,” Beckwith says now. “That’s something you never want to hear.”

That day in the field Beckwith has since heard lots of things you don’t want to hear from doctors. No more running. No more soccer. No idea why she’s not healing the way she should. As she summarizes those years, a series of things went wrong for her ankle to never be quite right again. And worse than just not right.

From age 13 to 27, Beckwith was in constant pain. Surgery after surgery failed to offer relief. “I was going to keep trying to live my life,” she said. “I didn’t want that hold me back, as much I could help it.”

That meant trying things like boxing, wrestling and MMA fighting. She met her future husband while practicing jiu jitsu. Soon, though, she says “everything became too painful.” She got to a point where she could barely take her dog on a walk. So, at 27, she asked herself a big question: Is it time to amputate?

In the summer of 2018, she asked the same question to her doctors, who had previously brought up amputating her ankle later in her life, like in her 60s. She told them, “I can’t continue like this.” “It’s a bizarre thing when losing part of your body starts sounding like a good idea,” Beckwith said. “When it was restricting life and so negatively affecting every aspect of my life, I had to make the decision that this is the way it’s going to get better.”

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