I was born march 14th 1978 in Denver, Colorado. I was the second of two girls.
I was born with a very rare yet non hereditary birth defect commonly known as PFFD which stands for Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency. (I guess you can see why people call it PFFD). My condition was so rare at the time I was born and diagnosed with it that only 1 in 100,000 cases where documented. I am sure that statistic has grown since then.
I’d like to take a moment and just share exactly what PFFD is. Having this condition basically means that I was born missing the upper portion (femur part of my left leg). When I was three yrs old my orthopedic doctor decided to amputate my left leg and fitted me with a prosthetic limb. I still remember being in the hospital and many details of the days and weeks surrounding the procedure.
I also remember the first time I had to walk with my “new leg”. It was interesting to say the least.
During childhood I do remember feeling different and that at times made me frustrated. But my parents always made sure to treat me as normally as possible and let me do things for myself as often as was possible. I am truly grateful for that. I am also grateful that I was raised in a strong Christian Home where I always knew that God was there for me. The older I've become the more I can see that The Lord never gives you anything you can’t handle. In recent years I've begun to understand that perhaps God has allowed me to experience this Physical Challenge to bring him Glory . I am still in the process of discovering how God is working in my life but one thing I do know is that He has already worked many miracles! And I know he will continue to do so. Not because I deserve it but because He gracious. I am humbled by how He has walked by my side through all of my ups and downs regarding my PFFD. I know He will continue to walk with me and I am excited to see where He will lead.