Devon Gallagher had been planning on a world tour since the time when she was a little girl. Luckily, this year Denver got to fulfill a part of her dream as she embarked on a journey to the countries of Europe.
She even came with a completely new way to document her journey on a chalkboard-painted artificial leg which was so creative and unique that her post got a million views on Reddit.
When Gallagher was four, she got her right leg amputated because of a congenital bone disease. She’s been using her prosthetic leg ever since.
But she planned on getting a new one before leaving for her trip.
“Every time I get a new one I can choose the design on it. Chalkboard came to mind, and I asked a few friends about it. They thought it was cool, so I went for it” Gallagher recalls, with a slight smile.
Although her mom and grandmom were against the idea, she did it anyway. She went to the Lowe’s home improvement store, bought some chalkboard paint spray and painted her new prosthetic.
To document her month long trip to 12 countries in Europe, she painted the name of the countries on her chalkboard prosthetic limb every time she landed in a new country and took snaps with it.
But for the most part, this was a fun and an experience that which will stay with her all her life.
“There was one morning I woke up in Budapest and there were signatures all over my leg,” she said, nothing she’d been drinking the night before and had forgotten how the signatures got there.
“It took a while to remember that my friend and I were hanging with a bachelor party at the bar and I had all of them sign it.”
Her photographs and story and received a great response from people from all over. And Although Gallagher is happy, she hopes that people see a bigger picture too.
“It’s important for people to realize you never know what someone is going through,” she said. “My leg has taught me a lot about not being judgmental or not assuming things about others. It’s a hard lesson to learn sometimes, but the world would be just a little better if more people had a similar mindset.”