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Cyborg Is As Cyborg Does – Reply All Interview

World’s First Fully-Functional Cyborg

Reply All Cyborg

I am the world’s first fully-functional cyborg! Need proof? My part in this Reply All podcast starts at 16:35.

This interview took place over about 3 weeks including one live telephone call and approximately 40 questions over email to which I replied both with text and individual MP3 files of the audio of my computer speaking each answer. It was a rather interesting experience and one that would certainly come in handy for any future interviews. Sruthi Pinnamaneni and Rick Kwan did a great job of stitching all of the questions and answers together to make a single coherent interview.

My desire was to demonstrate that life goes on after diagnosis and that there is still PLENTY that someone can still do despite full paralysis and being dependent on a ventilator. Hopefully other more newly-diagnosed PALS listening to the podcast can take a little inspiration to keep living and contributing your individual wonderful gifts to the world. Together, our voices are amplified and we can create the change we want to happen in the world.

9 thoughts on “Cyborg Is As Cyborg Does – Reply All Interview”

    1. Thanks, May. It was my pleasure to do the interview. It was a fantastic opportunity to bring public awareness of ALS and show fellow patients that life continues after diagnosis. I am grateful to Sruthi and the entire Reply All and Gimlet Media staff for making it possible.

  1. I just listened to this episode and it brought me here. Just wanted to say, thanks for sharing your story and being an encouragement to me! You’re very inspiring and funny. God bless!

    1. Thanks, Jessica. My mission is to spread public awareness of ALS, inspire hope in my fellow patients that life goes on after diagnosis, and positive philosophy for all people. The Reply All show was a tremendous opportunity. I am grateful to Sruthi and the entire Reply All and Gimlet Media staff for making it possible.

  2. Thank you for such a great interview. I am going to be thinking about what you said about existence and freedom for awhile. Plus you were funny : ) Take Care.

    1. Hello Renatta:

      I am pleased you found my interview encouraging. I don’t know that I have quite yet conquered ALS but I am certainly coping well with it. My goal now is to demonstrate to other Person(s) with ALS (PALS) that there is indeed “Life After ALS”, even in a state of quadriplegia requiring mechanical ventilation to breathe. And I also hope to show others, even the physically healthy, that even the most extreme challenges can be overcome with a positive attitude and strong work ethic.

      Thank you for reaching out.

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