A mother opened up about how her life changed for the better after she begged doctors to remove her cancer-affected leg, revealing that she is now an amputated model and an endurance athlete who participates in debilitating mud races on crutches.
Kristy Wimberly, 33, from St. Louis, Missouri, was only six years old when she was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a rare spinal cord tumor that impeded the growth of her right leg. After more than two decades of suffering, she had the leg removed in 2017 – and her only regret is that she has not done it before.
& # 39; My self-confidence has changed completely and now I am proud enough of myself and who to draw as a model & # 39 ;, she said The sun. & # 39; I was completely ashamed of who I was and how my leg hampered my life mentally and physically, but now I am free from it and so happy. & # 39;
Amazing: Kristy Wimberly, 33, from St. Louis, Missouri, competes at Tough Mudder endurance races on crutches after amputating her cancer-affected right leg two years ago
Rising star: Kristy (center) is now an amputated model, and she recently walked the runaway road in Las Vegas as part of a body-inclusive fashion show
& # 39; I'm trying to show that just because you have one leg, this doesn't stop you from living and loving life, & # 39; she added. & # 39; The only thing I wish is that I wish I had done it before. & # 39;
When Kristy was a child, the nerves that connect her spinal cord to her leg were damaged during operations to remove the tumor. They were further compromised when she had to get titanium rods in her back to treat scoliosis.
The damage to Kristy's nerves meant that the growth of her right leg was impeded, making it a full two centimeters shorter than the other and unable to walk without braces.
The executive assistant, who had undergone 19 surgeries to try and extend her leg, became a & # 39; lame & # 39; mentioned. She became obsessed with hiding her handicap and never wore shorts or dresses, even in the summer.
Looking back: Kristy was six years old when she was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a rare spinal cord tumor that hindered the growth of her right leg and had her lean on crutches
Difficult: Kristy had 19 operations to extend her leg, which was two centimeters shorter than the other
Decision: After more than two decades of suffering, she had the leg removed in 2017 and her only regret is that she did not do it before
& # 39; Having my leg was a dead weight that only caused problems such as infections and extreme walking problems, it was terrible, & # 39; she remembered.
& # 39; I grew up in the hospital after surgery. I didn't fit well with children and always felt like an exile. & # 39;
Kristy & # 39; s entire life was changed when she got her leg amputated in July 2017, a decision she thought was too drastic.
Before she was amputated, she couldn't even walk without it a long leg brace and never worked out.
All smiles: there was a huge change in her confidence after she was fitted with a bionic knee, which is controlled by the weight and movement of her thigh
Tough: without her leg bothering her, she started hitting the gym only two weeks after her operation and has not stopped since
There was a huge shift in it her confidence after being equipped with a bionic knee, which is controlled by the weight and movement of her upper leg.
Her micro-processing knee can also be operated by her smartphone and can be switched to different modes for activities such as running and tennis.
Without bothering her leg, she started hitting the gym and is now an ambassador for Tough Mudder, an endurance race in which participants trudged through obstacles in mud and water.
The mother puts the 5K & # 39; s and obstacle courses on crutches when she cannot use her leg, and she learns how to run with a running knife.
Active: Kristy uses crutches when she cannot use her bionic leg and she learns to run with a walking knife
Best decision: with the support of her husband, Don Wimberly, 31, and their six-year-old daughter, Eva, she does things she never thought possible
& # 39; Two weeks after I had the leg of my choice removed, I went to a gym for the first time and I haven't stopped since then & # 39 ;, she told The Sun.
With the support of her husband, Don Wimberly, 31, and their six-year-old daughter, Eva, Kristy has also become an amputated model and doing things she never thought possible.
& # 39; I participated in a Target commercial; I did a runway show in Las Vegas and did a professional photo shoot in the Vegas desert, & she said.
& # 39; I did a satellite media tour in Times Square and a photo shoot of a fashion model in New York. I auditioned for TV shows and casting calls. I would never have done anything like this before two years ago. & # 39;
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