Greg, now at the age of 55, impaired by diabetes, with severe arthritis of his spine and shoulders, degenerative disc disease, carpal tunnel in both wrists, a herniated disc in his neck and 4 herniated discs in his low back, carries on. Dr. Anthony F. Calzaretto, a National Board-Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, former President of the South Jersey Chiropractic Society, highly regarded in the medical community, has written that with all the medical conditions Greg suffers from, his ability to function in everyday life should be severely compromised.
The fact that Greg not only
**News Flash** — as this website was being prepared, Greg was scheduled for low back surgery.
A stress test revealed his diabetes had caused one of the stents to clog up. Unfortunately, the back operation had to be postponed indefinitely. A new stent had to be implanted in the blocked artery. However, when the stent was implanted in the artery, the artery dissected, which means it split. Another stent was implanted to repair the split artery. Once again, Greg was given the go-ahead. Unfortunately, 6 weeks later, the 2 new stents clogged up, causing Greg to suffer a mild heart attack. Another trip to the hospital, another catheterization. The cardiologist performed an angioplasty on the clogged stent, inserting a balloon and expanding the clogged stent, utilizing an unbelievable 300 pounds of pressure to expand the stent. So far, things look good, as this was a very mild heart attack. Greg is doing cardio work to rebuild his heart, and so far within the 16-day period of the heart attack, he has bent a 60-penny nail, a #2 diamond horseshoe, put a double bend in a 5/16″ x 7″ long carriage bolt and bent a 3/8″ x 1″ bar, 28″ long, into a “U.”
This is a far cry from his best bend of 19-7/8″. Although Greg was doing cardio work as he was instructed, sadly, the stents clogged up once again after only 8 weeks. Although a nuclear stress test was done, it was not read soon enough to be of any help to Greg; the result, another mild heart attack. On April 2, 2007, 2 new stents were implanted in the blocked arteries.