Author Archives: Kevin Schaefer

A Tale of Two Kevins

The receptionist at my physical therapy clinic looked up from his computer, meeting my eyes. I could see the lightbulb shine in his brain. “That’s right, I remember your name was Kevin because you look like the guy in ‘Clerks.’”  Being a…

The Truth About My Plastic Obsession

Amid the cluster of medical equipment, my childhood bedroom had an even more distinguishable feature: buckets and buckets of plastic action figures. I had everything from six-inch “Star Wars” figurines to characters from the beloved Nickelodeon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” I could…

A Different, Better Kind of Isolation

A blue body cast covered me from my waist down. The pain in my right leg skyrocketed each time I moved. I intentionally tried to avoid going to the bathroom, because I couldn’t endure the misery of transferring out of my bed. Just the sight of my mobile…

Should I Panic About the Coronavirus?

Almost every aspect of my life with SMA comes with a risk factor. Whether I’m traveling out of town or going to a movie with friends in the wintertime, I’m putting my already compromised immune and respiratory systems at risk. My health has improved significantly in recent years,…

The Music That Made Me

The music of Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and a bunch of movie soundtracks regularly play in the background of my home office. Thanks to Amazon Alexa technology, I can easily control my music and podcasts with simple voice commands. I always like to listen to…

My Days at Ye Olde Student Newspaper

On Super Bowl Sunday in 2013, I attended my first meeting at NC State’s student newspaper, Technician. I went on a whim with zero journalism experience. My only hope was to maybe write a few movie reviews for the publication. Little did I…

Embracing the Power of My Voice

Ever since I was a kid, some of my favorite actors have been those who weren’t always in front of the screen. Given my love of animation and motion capture technology, the way that people like Andy Serkis, James Earl Jones, and the late Robin Williams created so…