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While on the operating table, Tkachuk said he was able to stretch out his leg. “My calf muscles have been locked and while on the recovery table, I was able to stretch my legs like a kid. With no pain.”
Once back in Barrie, Tkachuk said he ran from the car in the parking lot. It was the first time he’s run for 10 years.
Tkachuk now leaves his cane behind on walks, and said he tackles the stairs with greater ease.
Normally, he went down the stairs by tediously placing two feet on each step for balance, while hanging onto the handrail. Now, Tkachuk can take his dog for a walk, holding only the leash and stepping forward on the stairs, one foot on each step.
“People can see my recovery, they can’t deny it,” he said. “The Monday after my surgery I went back to work and the guys couldn’t believe how good it was.
“There are small things I can do physically I couldn’t do before. I know I’m not a burden anymore. I can participate and be there.”