Give Life Hero

Giving blood and Red Cross involvement: A simple gesture that has turned into so much more This crazy new adventure all began at the end of last year when my lifelong best friend Stacy asked me to go to a work event over lunch and donate blood. I swear I don’t think I even took…

The C-Brace and Clothing

When it comes to clothing, for the most part you will see me wearing shorts when I’m out and about. It is a rare occasion that you will ever see me wearing any kind of long pants (I’m just not that guy), but I do sometimes when the occasion calls for it. It was brought…

Decide to be Great

As we are bombarded by the media with stories about success, riches and the fortunes of others, it is natural for us as humans to look at the people in those fairy tales, compare them with our own lives and try to find the advantages those folks have over us.  No, it’s not something most…

Run for Bauman

My wife Amanda and I spent the weekend in the Boston area. Our non-profit, Wiggle Your Toes, was selected to be the recipient of funds raised in a 2.62 mile run held in Chelmsford, MA. Chelmsford is the hometown of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the marathon bombings who lost both of his legs above the…

Art + Science

My all-time favorite holiday gift was an Arts & Crafts kit from my Aunt Candy.  On the outside, it looked like a plain shirt box from Macy’s.  But inside, it shined with hope and promise.  It was filled with sheets of construction paper, brightly colored tape, scraps of fabric, tubes of glitter, magic markers, and…

My Well-Earned Vacation!

I have to say that I am more excited about this vacation than pretty much any other vacation I have gone on. The past few months have been so crazy and hectic that I don’t even know where the time has gone. I am getting on a plane with 5 of my good girlfriends and…

My New X3 Super Equalizer

This past Friday, although admittedly at the time not as excited as some other amputees, I finally received the Bugatti of all microprocessor knees on the market. The coveted and long-awaited, high-tech, super-durable, military-grade, butt-kicking Ottobock X3 knee. And let me tell you, after wearing this jewel of technological advances over the weekend, the only…

I Can’t.

I have turned down a lot of opportunities lately. It seems that every other day I am explaining to someone why “I can’t”.  Not because I want to but because I have to, it’s as simple as that.  We all have limitations – there is only so much that one can do. A cabin weekend…

The Gimpy Chicks

We’re not famous yet, but we draw lots of attention. Heads turn when we enter Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in Orlando, Florida.  We’re three attractive women with long hair in blonde and brunette.  Clad in work-out clothes and brightly colored gym shoes, we’re laughing and chattering.  So why do people stare? Today, between us, we…

Limb Loss Awareness Month

It’s hard to believe April is almost over and I’m already thinking about planting my garden and getting the pool ready to open.  I mean, where has the time gone?  The last thing I remember before waking up in my cave was the relentless snow and ice that Mother Nature piled on us week after…

That Awkward Moment When…

The sometimes awkward moments in life can become a bit more awkward when living with limb loss… For Limb Loss Awareness Month I thought I would share some rather interesting and funny situations that I have encountered over my years living with limb loss. We all have them, our funny and awkward moments. But if…

18,899 Steps

It has been a good week. I have been in Mexico with my family and am now at 38,000 feet heading home. I just opened my computer, which I have been neglecting for the past several days, to see a reminder – Ottobock / Blog Due, from a few days ago. I guess I took…