Dan Bastian, AK Amputee, Certified Prosthetist and Co-Owner Progressive O&P

Hi my name is Dan Bastian I’m an american board certified prosthetist & Co Owner a progressive orthotics and
prosthetics located in Albertson New York. To tell you a little bit about my story and why I got involved in the field the
prosthetics. At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma in the right distal femur so basically I was told the age of 15 that I had cancer in my right leg my leg. My leg was swelling up after practice during the winter track season and
after practices I would notice my knee swelling so finally the doctors did and x-ray of my leg and they found that I had a tumor
inside the femur in a very short period time I was basically living at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering, Cancer Hospital and I spent a year there during
chemotherapy and surgeries to try to save my leg. At the age of 15 I was told
that I had about six months probably to live now I have thirty four and half years
and gravy on top of that so I’m still here Over the course of the next 10 years after the chemotherapy was finished
there were many surgeries that I had. 18 operations trying to save my leg when you tell an
active teenager that you can play sports anymore it didn’t go so well so the rods would
bend the screws were back out it was constant
surgery after surgery so after 10 years in eighteen operations
I made the decision to have my leg amputated above the knee on the right side best decision I ever made but also one
of the hardest ones I’ve ever made instantly I was out of pain, I was off pain
medication and I can get back to doing sports the
way I wanted to August was my amputation by December I was back downhill skiing by February
March time frame I was back racing. down the mountain. I started doing volunteer
work a memorial sloan-kettering at this time
I was a systems programmer for IBM my undergraduate degree was in computer
science for Marist College in Poughkeepsie New York I started meeting with kids to shown that their life isn’t over that there’s a lot to live for i’d shown
video me I’m TV skiing doing interviews and I loved it I love helping these kids
and telling them that the life isn’t over there’s a lot that they can look for so
I went back and quit my job at IBM fortunately with the
support of a very loving and understanding wife and I went back to school University
of Connecticut Newington children’s hospital, got my
degree in prosthetics took my national boards and 15 and a half years ago my
business partner and myself opened up Progressive orthotics and prosthetics
and we’ve been doing this ever since so we’re here restoring lives renewing
hope and doing whatever we can to get people
back to an active lifestyle whatever they choose
that to be

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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