Working Links helps the long term unemployed back into jobs
Dan Patterson’s life was shattered at just 21 after he had a leg amputated. But now he’s got a great job – and is on his way to competing at the 2012 paralympics.
Dan was working in a factory during the day and playing hard with his mates at weekends, and his life was good.
“OK, my job was a bit dead-end but I was busy having fun and being a typical 21-year-old,” says Dan, now 33.
One day his knee started to “feel a bit funny”.
“I thought I must have bruised it but it just wouldn’t go away and simply got worse.”
Eight months later, Dan was diagnosed with bone cancer and his left leg was amputated above the knee.
“That was it,” he says. “For the next two years I had to work on getting better.
“I had a course of chemotherapy and then had to learn to walk again with a prosthetic limb. It all takes time.”