Upcoming minor surgery

A lot has happened since I last posted on here, both good and bad. Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to my C-legs. I’m also off the crutches. I even got my prosthesis cosmetically covered (foam). I feel happy with my current prosthetic legs, as well as more confident walking in them. Now… the bad news….

Personal Experience: How Other People See Prosthetics

Some people think that I get “special privileges” for being physically disabled. Back in high school, several exemplary students were chosen and given the opportunity to meet with UC advisors. These students were told that they were on the right track to go to a UC. There was one parent who went and complained to…

C-Leg Heroes Photo Contest September Winner

As we prepare for Thanksgiving holidays, we had a moment to catch up with our September C-Leg Heroes Photo Contest Winner, Anthony Phillips, and ask a couple of questions about the 5K charity run he participated in. Q: Which 5K charity did you run for? The picture was taken at the Thanksgiving Day 5K for Father Joe’s…

Tell Your Story

In September, I spoke at Stanford University’s 2014 Medicine X conference. Why would an amputee be speaking at a medical conference? Even better, why would an amputee be speaking at a medical conference whose tag line is: “The Intersection of Medicine and Emerging Technologies”? I was on that stage was for the purpose of education. When the…

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…

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…

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…

Understand that most people WON’T understand. Understand?

This past week I was talking with coworkers about my amputation and how almost dying, at least for me, was a blessing and a curse.  It was a blessing because it caused me, in the most abrupt and violent way, to be shaken to the core which forced me to slow down and smell the…

Only You Define You

In the secret and mysterious world of amputees, we contend with an entire dictionary of labels and names that we struggle to identify with.  There are the more polite names such as disabled, handicapped, physically challenged, and impaired which are all used in circles that include white-collared professions such as doctors, psychologists, therapist, lawyers, and…

My Career Never Defined Who I Am

Even after becoming a one-legged feller on the 4th day, 6th hour, 12th minute and 26th second of October 2005, not that any of us knows or thinks about that exact moment, I still find it somewhat scary just how incredibly fast events in our life can change for the better, or worse.  Of course,…

Finding My Career Path

Growing up, the age old question was always, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For me I never really had a solid answer but rather several that continued to change as time went on. I never thought about having to consider being someone with limb loss, and all the things that…