West Chester, PA
Suction prosthesis with shock foot
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became an amputee.
I love the outdoors, reading, computers and have a B.A. in Psychology. I had been riding motorcycles for recreation and transportation since I was 17 years old and was in an accident when I was 35.
How has being an amputee changed your life?
Being an amputee has had a positive impact on my life. It caused me to look at the things in life that are genuinely important, as opposed to the things that are fleeting and transient.
Who has been your biggest inspiration in helping you achieve success?
Lucian Smith, a lifelong friend and paraplegic who got me back into athletic endeavors after my accident. Lucian has been a tremendous mentor for me.
What advice would you give to others who are new to the amputee community?
If you have already gotten back that frame of mind where you are enjoying life again, stick with it and live every day! Life is a dream! If you are not back there yet, be patient because that magic will return!
List some of your hobbies:
Handcycling, building computer systems, reading, psychology, traveling, small restaurants in big cities and live music.