The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Greg's honor, please see this thread.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A Week at Sabolich

Creek.jpgMy name is Greg Hewlett and I am an above-knee amputee. I lost my leg in 1984 to osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. I swapped prosthetic providers often at first, wanting to find the best prosthesis possible.

I was in an amputee tennis tournament back in the late 1980s and got crushed by this guy. I asked him where he got his leg and he smiled and told me he was a prosthetist. His name was Bill Copeland and he worked at Sabolich in Oklahoma City. I decided to go to the trouble of traveling from Dallas to get my next prosthesis with Bill. The work he and his team did was outstanding. Even though he moved and no longer works there, I stayed with the Sabolich team and still insist on getting my leg there, no matter where I live. And I have since lived in Houston, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, and Colorado.

Many people wonder why it takes so much work and so much time to put together a good prosthesis. So I created a diary to cover the time I spent there getting my recent prosthesis fitted.

For amputees who want to know what to expect from the fitting process, or who who want the best fit and best prosthesis possible, I hope this helps. For those who are just curious, I hope you find this interesting.

As a side note, I am also fighting cancer (a different cancer than the bone cancer of my youth), thus there are some references to my treatment in the diary.

A Week at Sabolich:

DAY ONE - Monday
DAY TWO - Tuesday
DAY THREE - Wednesday
DAY FOUR - Thursday
DAY FIVE - Friday

Other stuff
C-Leg Folklore
Peg Leg Blues
Fetterman Crutches (where I get my custom forearm crutches, which are excellent)

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