Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletMay 27, 2022

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Albany Sister of St. Joseph Faces Adversity with Faith and a Positive Spirit

New Amputee's 'Optimistic Spirit' Helps Her Keep the Faith


STAFF WRITER, The Evangelist

"I am an amputee; that's a fact," said Sister Mary Rose Noonan, CSJ. "But I don't feel disabled. Disabilities are subjective."

After two amputation surgeries earlier this year on her left leg, Sister Mary Rose has a temporary prosthesis. The first surgery failed, requiring her to have another, higher amputation.

She is now waiting for her permanent prosthetic leg: Her health insurance company has argued that she doesn't need a better one. 

Because the temporary leg is bulky, Sister Mary Rose has a fellow sister - who also makes draperies for St. Joseph's Provincial House in Latham - cut off one leg of her pants. 

"We know that if one of us [in the community] is weak, another is strong," Sister Mary Rose told The Evangelist. When she returned home from the hospital after the amputation, for instance, the bathroom of her living quarters had been completely redone by the religious order to accommodate her needs.

"In another week, there was an electric [front] door" at the Provincial House, she added. 

Although all that support has been welcome, Sister Mary Rose is still getting used to the many challenges she faces on a daily basis. "You have to think ahead much more," she explained. 

Getting ready in the morning can be one of the most difficult parts of the day. She now has a nightstand next to her bed so she can reach items without having to get up.

(Click HERE to continue reading the story in The Evangelist.)

Sister Mary Rose in her office (left) and with her physical therapist, Bridget Albarelli.