Hi I'm Mike Demery. This is my hand. It's going to be my best friend. We're going todo a lot of things together—fish, I love hunting, probably try to lift weights one day, but right now we're in the process of getting me acquainted with my hand.
It's been 16 years [since my amputation] in 2003.
You never want to lose any of your particular parts, whether it's a hand or a foot, or any part of your body. It's pretty reckless. Until you do that, you don't understand how important one is to the other, until you lose it.
[The prosthetist] knows his job, and we've got a pretty good relationship. He's going to show me how to do different things with this [prosthesis]. This is a new one. It's different from my past prosthesis, and hopefully once I get pretty familiar with it, we'll do a lot of good things with it.
[My biggest accomplishment since my amputation] is really just getting to this point now, where I'll have another hand. This is going to be my hand. That's how I see it.
It's hard to say about accomplishments. You just take it one day at a time, really.That's what I would tell anybody: just take it a day at a time and be thankful.
Don't ever lose—if you can—never lose a part of your body. Hopefully you won't get in a situation like I did. I was in an accident.
They tried to save it, but it was killing me to keep because I tore my forearm up pretty good.
I've come a long way. I was left-handed unfortunately. I have to learn how to write again. I still throw a ball like a girl with my right hand.
There's still a lot of things that I can't do with my right hand that I have to do with my left hand, but I've come a long way with this. So, this [new hand] is going to be my crowning glory, man.
Realizing the benefits that the prosthesis actually provides us, and how it allows us to live somewhat normal lives, is worth the work and effort.
I have a lot of goals for the future. I want to learn how to surf. I want to go back to work. There's a lot of things that I want to do that I'm going to do.