Afternoon one and all!
Did anyone watch the tv prog last night?
I first watched a prog about Mandy a few years ago. She amazed me then, with her strong attitude to her difficulties and determination to walk, despite agony with her legs which continued to grow wider and heavier.
Last night`s prog was about how she is now.
In 2010 she had the lower part of one leg amputated due to infection. But the stump continued to grow. Mandy was given a prosthetic leg, but this became unsuitable as her stump grew.
She was born with a rogue mutant gene which caused her feet, toes and legs to be malformed and to continue to grow.
A certain doctor took her case to heart and researched until he found the rogue gene concerned. it was thought to be genetic at one time, but this idea was disregarded.
I took particular interest when the word
genetic was used. As some of you know, my own condition (not MS after years of being told it was), could turn out to be genetic.
Once the rogue gene was found, Mandy was given a drug used to stop transplanted kidneys being rejected. No-one knew if it would work.
A few months later, tests were done to find out if the drug was successful…
it was! mandy had lost 1.5 stone…the legs had stopped growing!
An american family, who had young twins, visited Mandy. One of the twins had the same problem, yet the other twin was fine!
mandy was hopeful that the toddler wouldnt have to go through all she had in her 37 years.
it was a totally amazing story…a young woman who`s life was filled with challenges. She battled everyday in an effort to re-gain her independence.
Somewhat like us…inspirational!
Having said that, in my own case, i will never be able to get my independence back, as my condition,as in many MS, only worsens.
Have a good evening all!