I'm not entirely sure why "May 10th, 2004" has always stuck in my head - I don't remember the exact dates of many of my other surgeries, but I remember that one. That's when the journey started. That's what helped my legs be equal lengths for the first time in my entire life. I was terrified for that surgery and leading up to that day I often asked my mom "why can't we just tell them no?" because I didn't quite understand the importance of it at first.
What I want to focus on right now is looking back at that journey ten years after it started. It took ten surgeries, there were many highs, and many lows. I had complications and things that made it difficult, but I also experienced many amazing things that people with a 'normal' leg probably will never experience.
Since it's been ten years and it took ten surgeries, I decided to create a list of ten things that I'm celebrating, looking forward to, or am so grateful for.
The photos to the above are me as a baby (you can see how my leg was bowed and shorter), and then me in grade two. My mom took that photo as I took my first couple steps on my own after a few months of surgeries. As you can probably tell, I was extremely excited and so proud of myself. Below is a photo of my surgeon and I when I was in grade seven, and then a photo from a couple of years ago when I was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.