“I worked for the power company for nearly all of my life, climbing poles. I retired from that when I was 55, but I still do electrical work for my own properties and for friends. I was in the 101st Airborne, so I jumped out of planes a lot. I also coached little league sports for years. I’m still really active. I play billiards, I dance, and I do some serious deep sea fishing. I have never been a ‘couch potato’.
“Last year, I fell 22 feet from a ladder and shattered my right ankle. The compound fracture never healed. I spent more than ten months trying to save my right leg. After the sixteenth surgery, my doctor asked me if I had any qualms about having my right foot amputated. He told me that we could either amputate or spend another few years, and up to twelve surgeries, trying to save it. Even then, there would be no guarantee that I could avoid amputation. I told him to just take it off.
“I went to Westcoast as soon as I was healed and Lee Greenberg, LPO, CPO, fitted me with my first prosthesis in March. I feel great. I made the decision to amputate and I’m living with it—I’m not going to wallow in sorrow. I’m doing what I have to do. That’s the way I was raised. Really, I’m just an ‘old school tough goat’. I can’t let this get me down. The way I look at it, life is very short. You never know what’s going to happen from day to day. I’m going to live life to the fullest—every minute of it.
“I’m so appreciative of the support I have. Everyone at Westcoast, is great. I really put a lot of trust in Lee. Amber (who works with Lee in the St. Pete office) is amazing too. I didn’t even realize she wore a prosthetic leg. That makes me want to do even more than what I’m doing. But, my wife says I can’t do any more!”