Bionic Reporter

Bionic presentation

February 26th, 2014

For anyone who is particularly interested in what the past five months have been like, you are cordially invited to watch this very poor quality, 40-minute video that is mostly darkness, with below-average audio: Production qualities aside, the video is of a presentation I gave to the Kiwanis Club of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. One ofREAD MORE


Around the bend

February 20th, 2014

This isn’t much of an update, but there’s a video for it, so there’s that =) Unlike last month, when the knee hand’t bent in 17 weeks, now the knee bends fairly well. It’s right at the 90 degree mark, which is where my surgeon wanted it to be by this time. Still limited weight-bearingREAD MORE


For the kids

February 19th, 2014

If you are not from, did not go to school, or did not otherwise spend any significant amount of time in Pennsylvania, chances are you have no idea what THON is or means. The event takes place this weekend on the main campus of Penn State University. For the uninitiated, it’s the Penn State IFC/PanhellenicREAD MORE


Flashback: Chemo

February 13th, 2014

Flashback: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1985 (what’s this?) Well, that was kind of terrible. Chemotherapy started today with the first of what is supposed to be five treatments of medicine directed right at the tumor to try and shrink it. If this works, they will then go in and do the thigh bone transplant. Unlike theREAD MORE


Flashback: Positive?

February 7th, 2014

Flashback: Thursday, Feb. 7, 1985 (what’s this?) So I guess we start chemotherapy next week. Got the news today. The way everyone was talking it seemed like it was a foregone conclusion. So the plan is to do five treatments of chemotherapy and then have the big surgery after that. They say this will shrinkREAD MORE


Flashback: Biopsy

February 5th, 2014

Flashback: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1985† (what’s this?) So today (Wednesday) was the biopsy. They admitted me on Monday of this week to run all kinds of tests like blood work, X-rays and scans. I don’t remember much from the actual procedure. They put me under pretty heavy sedation. All they did was put a smallREAD MORE


World Cancer Day

February 4th, 2014

Tuesday is World Cancer Day.¹ It’s hard to believe there is anyone in the world today who is not affected by cancer in some way. Whether it’s the patient, family member, friend or even just a friend of a friend, we all are probably, at most, only one or two degrees separated from the disease.READ MORE


Flashback: 1985

January 31st, 2014

So this week and next marks the “anniversary” of when I was diagnosed with bone cancer. The year was 1985.† I was hoping to mark the occasion next year by celebrating 30 years of cancer-free living, but then thyroid cancer had to show up last July and ruin that. (Stupid cancer!!?) Alas, I’ll have toREAD MORE


77 degrees

January 30th, 2014

Improvement! That headline reflects the degree of bend in the new knee — an increase from the 65 degrees measured two days after it was first allowed to bend. (Not bad, though I had my hopes set on breaking 80 degrees after one week.) Rehab continues as we get the new joint in condition toREAD MORE


55 degrees

January 23rd, 2014

If you can get past the dark patch of skin† where the scar runs through, this is what a 55 degree bend looks like on the new knee. This was the measurement after the first day of outpatient physical therapy. Before the surgeries in September and December to remove the infection, the knee bend wasREAD MORE


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