I wanted to provide a page for questions that I get asked frequently or have been asked that are interesting. If you have any questions you do not see here, let me know! I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Being an amputee:
Can you drive? Yes I can and it is exactly the same as before. For me that is. Because it was my left leg I lost and I have never really learned to drive a stick, nothing changed.
Would you have rather lost an arm or a leg? I really don’t know. Some things are easier when you have 1 leg and some are easier when you have 1 arm. That said, prosthetics are much more advanced and available for legs than they are for arms right now.
Can you still feel the leg? Yes. For me, my leg is frozen in one position. Bent at the knee backwards and at times it feels super tight. Like someone is pushing it as far backwards as possible. I still feel things like itching, wetness, and pain. Phantom pain is a very real thing. It is hard to describe other than sometimes it feels like pins and needles, sometimes like its crazy tight, and rarely like someone is burning and/or cutting me. It is 24/7 but tends to be less noticeable when I am busy doing something.
Being a cancer survivor:
What is/was chemo like? While it is different for everyone, my personal experience would be this… I imagine Hell is not a lot different. At times I was nauseous all day and even sometimes sick. I was down to 136 pounds and I am 6’3″. I was in the hospital due to my specific drugs for around 20 out of 30 days a month. I was constantly on medications. I had to avoid getting any kind of infection. I had little to no energy, walking a hundred feet at times was impossible.
Are you cancer free? At this time, I have not been given the official “You’re in remission” line so I am in what is considered “NED” or No Evidence of Disease. At the time of my 2 week check-up after my amputation I was told a 60% chance of being cured.
What happens now/Do you still see a doctor? Yes. I am currently on a routine of 3 month check-ups. That means a CT scan and trip to my oncologist every 3 months. As time goes on, assuming the cancer stays away, that time will go out to 6 months, 1 year, and further.