To Be or Not to Be…

When I drive into a parking lot, these are the thoughts that go through my mind: How crowded is it?  How windy is it?  How does my leg feel?  How many packages will I need to carry?  Is the slope uphill or downhill?  Is it likely to rain?  How crazy are the other drivers? In…

Tricks of the Trade

If you told me all I’d learn as a new amputee, I wouldn’t have believed you.  It would have been like sending a kindergartner straight to Calculus class.   I just didn’t have the tools to succeed.  Now, three years later, I’m a seasoned socket-wearer, a well-trained walker, a balanced biker, and a (somewhat) solid inline…

Time For A New Leg. Now What?

It has been six years since I was fit for my C-Legs. It has been a good run (ok walk) but I have seen so many enhancements with micro-processor prosthetic knees – I am beyond curious. As all prosthetic users know there are a lot of options out there, enough to make your head spin….

What’s Next?

Army Colonel Greg Gadson sits on a stool in the center of a huge ballroom.  His hefty bionic legs and bulky motorized ankles match his body build.  Colonel Gadson is BIG.  Solid.  Muscular like a bulldog. At this year’s Amputee Coalition National Conference, three hundred amputees are packed together in chairs to hear Colonel Gadson…

Full Speed Ahead: My First Day Back on Skates

I like to keep moving. As an amputee, that means putting the pedal to the metal every single day. It drives me into the ground sometimes. My prosthetist Tim says above-knee amputees use at least 60 percent more energy to walk than people with two legs. Imagine if your car used 60 percent more gas,…

Here We Go…

Well here we go. The terrific people in Ottobock’s marketing group recently asked me to blog for them as a daily user of the company’s fine products. As a big fan of wearing shorts any time I can – I am always talking to people about my prosthetics, informing them of the technology and how…