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Amelia’s Story (CRPS, Amputation)

Read Amelia’s original Power Story submission here.

Two years ago, I submitted a story about finding out I had been suffering from CRPS since my tendon transfer surgery in 2003. The tale was slightly less general then I expected to be, and the outcome was very nice. However, I am now writing again to inform you that I will be getting my right foot amputated.

My reason behind this is in no way half-baked or hurried. I have, in fact, been wanting this since the surgery in 2003. After sixteen years of listening to others tell me what they think is best for me, I am finally taking things into my own hands and doing what I believe needs to be done.

I am very excited for this surgery, and though those who know about CRPS especially will know amputation is something that is not wanted because it could spread the illness or make it worse.

Funny thing is, it has already spread to the rest of my body.

I have no fear of it becoming worse because, if it does, I am prepared to take care of it, since I have done that very well up to this point.

I am not afraid to lose my foot either. To me, it is a victory, for I will actually be able to walk. I am excited and expectant for a miracle.

Scratch that…


Submitted 03/10/2018

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Kendra

    I love your optimism, Amelia! Would love to know how you’re doing now. Please update when you get a chance!

  2. VIrginia

    I am so sorry for all of your struggles You are a fighter.

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