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…

Autumn Harvest

The first time I stepped outside in my prosthesis, I nearly blew over. I pushed open the glass door of my prosthetist’s office, and a gusty breeze did the rest. “Watch out for the wind!” Prosthetist Tim called after me. It was April 2011, five months after the bicycle accident that left me as an…

Hitting the Road

With Labor Day looming, there’s no escape. Actually, there’s no choice but to escape! On one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, my family is heading to Vermont. This means 8+ hours in my mom’s Honda Pilot, traffic jams on the Tappan Zee Bridge, road food and rest stops, and of course, adjusting…

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…

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…

Chance of Snow

When the first flakes tumble down, I’m as excited as a kid on a sledding hill. “This is great guys!  Isn’t this great?!” It’s early December.  Ian and Dave, trainers from the rehab gym, trudge ahead of me.  With each step, their footprints fill up like little ponds.  They’re heading out to get lunch, and…

First Impressions

Seven weeks after my injury, I met my first amputee. I mean VERY FIRST.   Sure, I was already an amputee myself, but I’d never met another one.  If I had racked my brain, I could have probably come up with a few:  a homeless woman outside the post office, the wounded Lieutenant Dan from Forrest…

Chills, Spills, and… Earthquake Drills?

This can’t be happening, I thought.  I did NOT suffer through the last nine months to crumble right here, right now, in this shaking school building! It was my first day back at work and my first earthquake.  It was like the punch line to a very BAD joke. With adrenaline (and Genium) pumping, I…

Facing Extreme Temperatures with Your Microprocessor Knee

Experiencing extreme temperature changes where you live? We’ve asked Cale, an Ottobock clinician, to give some advice for keeping your microprocessor knee functioning properly! As you know, these are quite extreme temperatures we’re facing and they are well below the recommended operating temperatures of microprocessor knees. If you are outside while transitioning from your car…

Kevin: Member of the Missing Limb Club – My Year in Review

As we approach the end of another year as a member of the exclusive Missing-limb Club, I wanted to reflect back on the past eleven months in order to laugh at my shortfalls, rant about my real falls and plan for the upcoming bloopers, AKA falls in front of people I don’t know Yes, because…

Lt Col (Ret) Andrew Lourake Shares His Story

In 2004, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Andrew Lourake became the first above the knee amputee to pilot an aircraft within the Department of Defense.  His historic accomplishment took place after he made the decision to amputate his leg after losing use of it due to an infection related to surgery to repair a fracture. Determined to…