Bone cancer survivor held farewell party for leg before it was amputated
A mum of one held a FAREWELL BASH for her LEG before it was AMPUTATED.
Danielle Emory, 29, had endured several operations and suffered intense pain since her leg was ravaged by bone cancer in 2012.
But Danielle, from Dallas, Texas, was determined to send her leg out in style – throwing a goodbye party for the limb just two weeks before surgery.
The four hour operation was a success – and Danielle is happier than ever.
Danielle said: “The party was just the perfect way to say goodbye to my leg.
“It was a chance for the children in the family to ask questions about what was going on – I have a little boy, London, 6, and I wanted him to be comfortable with it.
“It made everything a positive experience rather than a negative one.
“We all painted our legs different colours with lots of patterns and just had fun.
“It helped me get ready for the surgery and two weeks later when I had the amputation, I just felt really prepared and certain that I was doing the right thing.
“It was the perfect send off.”
When Danielle woke up to see her new stump, she felt relieved.
Danielle said: “My leg had been giving me problems and issues for years, so to finally see it gone was like a new start.
“It was shocking to see my leg like that but at the same time I had prepared myself for it.
“My son was completely fine with it, and now he calls it my robot leg which is really sweet.
“Since I’ve had my leg amputated I feel liberated, it’s like I’ve broken free.”
Danielle was first diagnosed with bone cancer in 2010 after noticing a lump on her leg.
She said: “I’d had a lump on my knee for a few years, but it was always dismissed as fluid.
“Eventually after visiting numerous doctors and medics a specialist agreed to give me a biopsy.
“The results came back and I was told I had cancer – I was just puzzled, I never thought it would be something like that.
“I had chemo and hoped it would get rid of it but it didn’t work – so the only option was to cut out the tumour which would also remove a large part of my leg muscles and bone.
“Luckily the surgery was a success but my leg had to be rebuilt – doctors implanted a metal rod and a new knee, all held in place with cement.
“For two years everything was fine until I started to get pain again – it turned out the cement holding my leg in place had cracked.
“Then the shin bone cracked and the metal rod went through the bone – my leg was just a mess.
“Eventually a doctor suggested I consider amputation – I was totally shocked as it had never even my entered my mind, but it soon became clear it was the best way forward.”
Danielle agreed to undertake the amputation in February 2014 – but only after she got married.
She said: “My husband and I had been planning on getting married for almost a year, but when we knew I needed surgery we thought we’d just cancel the whole thing.
“But my husband wanted me to know that he’d never leave my side, so we eloped just six days before the wedding.
“It was perfect.”
Now, Danielle has embraced her new prosthetic limb, decorating it in colourful and quirky designs.
Danielle said: “I’m a really creative and artistic person, so I embraced the chance to do something different with my prosthetic.
“My prosthetic is covered in butterflies and fairies, as my husband painted it for me.
“Part of it is tie dyed and it’s made to look like it’s laced up with ribbon.
“Whenever I look at the leg it makes me smile.
“When I think about what I’ve been through I can’t quite believe it.
“But I know that it’s made me a stronger person – I’m in a really happy place.”
Danielle has begun campaigning with UK based charity Models of Diversity, in the hope to encourage the use of disabled models within the media.
Visit their webpage at http://www.modelsofdiversity.org/