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…

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…

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…

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…

How My Life and Career Path Changed

Prior to my injuries in 2007 I was working as a Regional Manager of an information technology and engineering consulting group. My role was to oversee the sales, recruiting, administrative and payroll functionality of this fast paced full service firm in downtown Minneapolis.  The organization fulfilled project requirements of our clients by lining up our…

Socket to Me!

In my last blog I mentioned that I would soon be transitioning from the C-Leg to the  Ottobock  X3 knee.  Just last week my insurance company approved the knees and the transition has begun. On Friday I took my first steps with the new X3 knees, Triton feet and newly fabricated test / check sockets!…