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hmm....... Interesting article Neal...... I saw part of this on tv this morning....

Personally, I like where I am.....but....... I can also see the other side of it......

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There is some truly amazing stuff going on, nowadays....! I'm of a similar mind to Higgy...I'm satisfied with where I am at present. But, of course, I'm a single BK, so it's not a big deal for me to get around on my own. The patient in question is a double AK who apparently does not have much in the way of stumps on which to hang prostheses. I think that might have a big impact on how I'd feel about having such a major, experimental, and complicated surgery! If prosthetics were not a possibility for me, and I had to choose between full-time wheelchair and major surgery...well...I'd at least be doing a LOT of thinking.

Thanks for sharing the article, Neal!

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There is some truly amazing stuff going on, nowadays....! I'm of a similar mind to Higgy...I'm satisfied with where I am at present. But, of course, I'm a single BK, so it's not a big deal for me to get around on my own. The patient in question is a double AK who apparently does not have much in the way of stumps on which to hang prostheses. I think that might have a big impact on how I'd feel about having such a major, experimental, and complicated surgery! If prosthetics were not a possibility for me, and I had to choose between full-time wheelchair and major surgery...well...I'd at least be doing a LOT of thinking.

Thanks for sharing the article, Neal!

I probably think the same as you Cheryl ... I'm bilateral b/k and so know the problems when I can't wear the legs ... mainly because the rest of the world isn't geared up for wheelchairs. So like you, given his position I would be doing a lot of thinking ... don't think I'd be brave enough to be the first, as he will be, though.

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Years ago when I had my accident I would have jumped at the chance of having a new face. Now, if I was offered the chance of legs I would have give it a go, what is there to lose?

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Years ago when I had my accident I would have jumped at the chance of having a new face. Now, if I was offered the chance of legs I would have give it a go, what is there to lose?

You could lose your legs again or your life.

The negative to me would have to be all the anti-rejection meds that you'll be on the rest of your life. I have to agree with Tammie and Cheryl, though, I'm a BK with few problems.

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Years ago when I had my accident I would have jumped at the chance of having a new face. Now, if I was offered the chance of legs I would have give it a go, what is there to lose?

I think we've hit the "difference" here...those of us who are relatively unaffected by our amp status see the "problems" in such a major procedure. Those like Sparky, who have been through so many accidents, traumas, and complications first see the potential for an improved life. I will say, myself, that having come as close to "checking out" of this world permanently as I did, the idea of death isn't quite as terrifying to me as it once was. I knew I'd done all I could, and if anything went wrong with any of my foot-and-leg-surgeries, I was ready to "let go." (That said, I'm very glad that nothing did go wrong and that I'm now living a healthy life!)

Sparky, your comment about jumping at the chance of having a new face after your accident reminds me of a story I saw on the news recently: a young woman had her upper face completely blown away in a gun accident...she lost both her eyes, her nose, and her cheekbones. The story was about how she was in the process of being prepared to receive a prosthetic face.

Well, we'll see if this link works....!

View Blind Love

For some reason, it's not letting me post just the "Blind Love" segment...wants to give me the entire episode of the show. So just scroll down to the "Blind Love" segments and give them a click!

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Years ago when I had my accident I would have jumped at the chance of having a new face. Now, if I was offered the chance of legs I would have give it a go, what is there to lose?

I think we've hit the "difference" here...those of us who are relatively unaffected by our amp status see the "problems" in such a major procedure. Those like Sparky, who have been through so many accidents, traumas, and complications first see the potential for an improved life. I will say, myself, that having come as close to "checking out" of this world permanently as I did, the idea of death isn't quite as terrifying to me as it once was. I knew I'd done all I could, and if anything went wrong with any of my foot-and-leg-surgeries, I was ready to "let go." (That said, I'm very glad that nothing did go wrong and that I'm now living a healthy life!)

Sparky, your comment about jumping at the chance of having a new face after your accident reminds me of a story I saw on the news recently: a young woman had her upper face completely blown away in a gun accident...she lost both her eyes, her nose, and her cheekbones. The story was about how she was in the process of being prepared to receive a prosthetic face.

Well, we'll see if this link works....!

View Blind Love

For some reason, it's not letting me post just the "Blind Love" segment...wants to give me the entire episode of the show. So just scroll down to the "Blind Love" segments and give them a click!

cherylm, you hit it on the head when you say, "first see the potential for an improved life." I also look to seeing if it will prolong my life to its natural end, I'm not affraid of death I accept it as the last part of my life. There is a trade off, as pointed out by Neal, an early death or a life time of meds. These are the things that I had to weigh up when I was offered surgery to remove my cancer. Anything with the word 'Life' in it get my undivided attention and overrides everything else, a life time of meds isn't so bad when it means I get to see countless more sunrises and I'm able to get on with living my life the way I want to.

I can see the same drive in the young lady in your video, she has what is known as the F E A R factor.

Face

Everything

And

Recover

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My first thought in reading this was looking down the road a bit.. Yes, I have one real leg, but, after the accident, I was bed bound for months, not moving around unless someone moved me.. So, I do know how that one felt.. The only thing that worked on me was my right hand..(and mouth of course :rolleyes: ).

The what if's, would definately make me look at it long and hard...What if it failed, what would remain if they had to remove them? That would be the major question in my book...

Sparky, my mother survived a house fire as a child, and bore horrible scars from it...and I only have one thing to say... scars are skin deep, it's the person within that shines...... and you shine my friend !!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally respect you for being willing to share a very painful part of your life with everyone so that they may have a better understanding of the topics we are on when you mention them....

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My first thought in reading this was looking down the road a bit.. Yes, I have one real leg, but, after the accident, I was bed bound for months, not moving around unless someone moved me.. So, I do know how that one felt.. The only thing that worked on me was my right hand..(and mouth of course <img src="http://www.heathermills.eu/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> ).

The what if's, would definately make me look at it long and hard...What if it failed, what would remain if they had to remove them? That would be the major question in my book...

Sparky, my mother survived a house fire as a child, and bore horrible scars from it...and I only have one thing to say... scars are skin deep, it's the person within that shines...... and you shine my friend !!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally respect you for being willing to share a very painful part of your life with everyone so that they may have a better understanding of the topics we are on when you mention them...

The link did not work when I tried to go to it.

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Sorry, they've already removed the news story.

It deals with a doctor who has been given the approval to perform a leg transplant surgery in England. I'm sure you can find something about it if you Google it.

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