Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10th, 2004

Ten years ago today I had my first surgery on my leg.  It was actually also my first surgery overall, but I'm just thinking about leg stuff right now.  Anyway, a lot of people wonder why that date is significant to me, and it's hard to explain, especially to someone that hasn't directly experienced this... but I'm going to try!

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.

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