Young woman's inspiring blog post describes how she learned to walk again two weeks after foot amputation
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Young woman's inspiring blog post describes how she learned to walk again two weeks after foot amputation

 

Young woman's inspiring blog post describes how she learned to walk again two weeks after foot amputation

Published on :29 May,2017

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Rayat Bahra University

New Delhi:
A young woman who had her foot amputated due to an incredibly rare form of cancer has revealed the strange feel of walking for the first time only two weeks after her operation.

Laura Wakefield, 27, has been undergoing physio since the amputation on May 3 after her life was turned upside down by a rare cancer called sarcoma.

Writing on her ‘Best Foot Forward’ blog, Laura, of Speke, last week said she had been able to walk using a special machine.

"I had my first physio session last Thursday and I WALKED!!" she wrote in a blog last week.

"I cannot describe how that felt!" She said she never thought she could be so excited to walk again but a little machine had made it possible.

"It was like a large bag that my entire leg went into with a metal cage around it and the bag was then heavily inflated to support my leg and take the pressure off," she explained.

"It had a metal, blade type of “foot” on the end and I managed to stand and walk through support bars and back using it. "The feeling was absolutely incredible because I felt like I was really walking and I have missed that so much you wouldn’t believe.

"Never did I think I would be up and walking like this just 2 weeks after my operation.

"It has certainly given me even more drive and determination to hurry up and get walking again."

Laura said that she was already happy to be getting out to restaurants already as that is how she intended to live her life.

Laura, who is hoping to raise money to buy herself a prosthetic leg, found a lump on her foot three years ago but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her despite numerous tests. She went back for more tests after the lump got much bigger this year - and was heartbroken to discover it was a tumour.

After a biopsy, Laura was found to be suffering from a very rare cancer called a sarcoma.

The condition develops in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Because it is so rare, traditional methods to fight cancer such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy are ineffective - leaving amputation as the only option.

Laura said: “Having the biopsy was the worst thing, it was so nerve wracking and the wait for results seemed forever - but it was actually just over a week.

“When they found out it was cancer everything moved very fast and my family were heartbroken. “I had a full body scan and thankfully the cancer hadn’t spread anywhere else.

“When they told me amputation was the only option I was just very calm and positive - it could have been so much worse, I was just so glad it hadn’t spread.”

Laura decided to document her journey through the blog after a friend suggested she could help people in her situation with her positive outlook.

Through her blog and Instagram page, which has over 3,000 followers, Laura has helped inspire many other people fighting cancer, as well as fellow amputees. Laura, said: “I saw how badly my family took it and I just wanted to help them and show them that I was ok and positive about the journey ahead.

“I didn’t expect so many people to read it, but people have recognised me in the street and I’ve had some lovely messages, so it’s really helped me.

Laura, who lives with her parents and two sisters, earlier spoke about how she had her staples out as well after the operation. She said: “I saw my leg for the first time on Thursday and I actually think it’s quite cute.

“My surgeon has done an amazing job and has saved as much of my leg as possible.

“I’ve now got to wait another three weeks before I can go for my prosthetic fitting, but I’m hopeful and just want to get on with the rest of my life.”

Laura has to have an NHS prosthetic for two years as her amputation changes shape.

But following that she’s hoping to be able to buy a prosthetic leg that looks incredibly lifelike - but this can cost tens of thousands of pounds. Her friends have raised over £10,000 already as they vow to undergo skydives, triathlons and bike rides to help get the funds for her new leg. Laura said: “People have been so kind and generous, it’s really important to me to have the leg, just to be able to feel ‘normal’ again when I’m going out.

“I’m so thankful to everyone for their donations.”