Hey Left Leg… we need to talk

Hey Left Leg… we need to talk

Hi mate. Hey buddy.. Gosh, this isn’t easy for me to say. Leg, I need to let you go. I feel like I’ve been told that my dog has cancer and I need to put him to sleep. Except not my dog.. my leg.

And not put to sleep.. amputate.

It’s such a harsh word. It still makes me a bit uncomfortable to say it out loud. Amputation. It’s shocking. I can’t even imagine how you feel about everything.

I’m going to avoid trivializing your existence with cliches or puns about being ‘hopping mad’ or ‘one foot in the grave’ or ‘getting back on my feet’ because in all seriousness, you’ve been a fantastic leg. Perhaps not as good at sports as my right leg, perhaps not as coordinated or strong, but you’ve never let that hold you back. You’ve always gone step for step with old Righty and never complained.

These past few years I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t noticed that something was wrong though. You’ve been in pain. So much so that I’ve been compensating for you with my other leg. You’ve lost a considerable amount of muscle definition which is now visible to the naked eye. I can’t help but feel like I could have done more for you, and that makes me a bit sad.

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It’s not like I didn’t try though. After a few years of pain coming and going I saw an osteopath and got treatment which seemed to work for a while. A year or 2 later I self prescribed high strength Guatemalan anti-inflammatories which dulled the pain for a bit. Another year passed and I went to my GP who ordered an MRI of your knee. We thought there was a small cartilage tear and a cyst so we saw a knee surgeon. That’s when things went a bit downhill though.

You see, Leg, when the knee surgeon got inside your knee it didn’t look like it was supposed to. It wasn’t a cyst. He took a sample, closed you up and sent it off to investigate. That was on the 16th of September. The thing is, that the results came back inconclusive. It was time to see a new doctor and this time there was no messing about. We went straight to the Head or Orthopedics at St Vincents Hospital, Professor Peter Choong. He specializes in knee and hip replacement, in salvaging limbs.. and in cancer.

I was scared. Professor Choong ordered a thallium scan, which involves injecting a radio active liquid into my blood stream and taking heaps of internal pictures, head to toe, to track where cancer is active in my body. He ordered a CT scan of my chest to check if there were any tumors in my organs. And he ordered another MRI of your knee to really accurately see what was going on in there. And while I was getting these tests done he was going to personally look at the sample taken from your knee and tell me what it was.

I thought I was going to die. It’s hard not to think like that when you’re being dragged around a hospital having tests done. I was so scared and so sad. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to see my daughter grow up. I would close my eyes as tight as I could and try to imagine what Sofía is going to look like when she is 5 years old, when she is 16, when she is 30, but I just couldn’t picture it. I planned on writing her letters to open on the birthdays that I wasn’t going to be there for. I wanted Valerie to learn how to cook my favourite dishes so that Sofía would know what my cooking tasted like. I thought I wouldn’t be able to marry the woman that I love. I thought that my 2 grandmothers were going to outlive me. I thought about how the faces of my friends and family would look at my funeral. I thought about the possibility of dying having never seen StKilda win a premiership (this last one is still a bit of a concern to be honest).

My life had finally started to make sense to me and it was about to be taken away. I finally have my own little family, we couldn’t be happier, and now this? How cruel is that?

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When I met with Professor Choong again on the 25th of September to receive the test results I knew that there were 3 possibilities. 1; that it was all a big misunderstanding 2; that it was cancer, but it was treatable 3; that I was going to die. I prepared myself for the first 2 possible outcomes and I told myself that whatever happens, as long as I will live, I will be happy. Just please don’t let me die. Please.

Somebody must have been listening because I got a result that I was looking for. I do have cancer, but it is treatable. I have a rare type of cancer called synovial sarcoma. In the words of Prof Choong, “it’s not good. It’s bad. In fact, it’s really, really bad”. Turns out that the chances of me getting this crazy rare cancer are like winning the lottery. So I guess I won the cancer lottery (although I wouldn’t recommend rushing out to buy a ticket). Lucky for me, the tests showed that it had not spread anywhere else in my body other than to you and your knee. It usually heads straight to the lungs, hence the CT scan of my chest, but like I said – no cancer there.

There are only 2 treatment options presented to me.

One is to remove everything that was affected by the cancer. This includes bone, tissue, ligaments, muscle, cartilage… I would basically need a bionic knee. Followed by extensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and other nasty business that could leave me sterile and cut years off my life. The risk of the cancer returning after this sort of treatment is considered very high. It would almost certainly come back and it would come back with a vengeance.

The other type of treatment is to remove, you, the leg, from between the knee and hip. It’s called a transfemoral amputation. Since the cancer hasn’t spread anywhere else, if the leg is removed above where the cancer is, then there is virtually no chance of it ever coming back. No chemotherapy. No radiotherapy. Just lots of check ups over the next 8 years to be safe. Synovial sarcoma is not genetic. That means that I can’t pass it down to Sofía. It also means that I am not predisposed to getting it again. If we remove this cancer now in a drastic way, then I will never, ever have to worry about it coming back.

I’m sorry that my decision came so quickly and without considering you or your feelings, but for me there was just no choice. You have to go. I’m sorry if my reaction to the news of losing you came across differently to what you might have expected, but I told Prof Choong with a smile on my face that I wanted to amputate. I certainly don’t blame you and I will absolutely miss you each and every day of my life without you, but Valerie needs a husband, and Sofí needs a dad. Not everybody gets a second chance at life. I’m taking mine with both hands (sorry, that’s not supposed to be a joke about only having one leg).

I don’t want you to worry about me though. I know it’s not going to be easy going on with out you, but I’m ready for it. When faced with death we can do some pretty amazing things. I’m going to race Sofía to see who can learn (or re-learn) how to walk first. It will be quite embarrassing if I get beaten my a baby but she has two legs so, if it happens, it happens.

I’m heading to surgery soon. It’s an emotional time. I will miss you like a brother and I will never forget you. I love you Left Leg. I’m so sorry that it has to end this way. I want you to know that I will dedicate the rest of my life to your memory and live it fully and happily, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you for being there for me. And thank you for letting me go on without you.

By the time you read this… You’ll probably be gone.

TLH

x

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74 comments
  1. I got to your post through Alejandra, who is my cousin. Please receive all good energies from me, though we dont know each other. Your positive attitude, your understanding of the important things in life and the necesary sacrifices we must make sometimes, is just overwhelming and wonderful. I truly hope all will go well in your surgery, and moreover, after it, when you have to learn new ways to move around this great world that for sure holds only good things for you. Much strength for you and your loved ones. Lula

    • TLH said:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my letter as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for your kind words. I had the surgery yesterday and everything went very well. I’m feeling great. Thanks again!!

  2. pete said:

    All the best for the operation. Thank you for such a wonderful post. You’re a very brave guy. Hope you don’t get beat by a baby in the race 🙂

    • TLH said:

      Thanks! The operation went very well and I’m feeling really good. Looking forward to some hard work and trying to walk again soon!

  3. Valerie Rouanet said:

    How inspiring! You are a legend!!!

    • TLH said:

      I love you so much Valerie. You are the reason for my positive attitude. You are my inspiration. Love isn’t a strong enough word for what we have.

  4. This is beautifully written and from the heart. wish you all the best xxxx

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Rohini. Everything is going well so far. I’m feeling fantastic for a guy who just lost a leg 🙂 I’m looking forward to the challenges that will arise in the coming months too.

  5. the way you write… it’s just stunning. i find your coping highly respective. a break-up letter couldn’t be more loving and more affirmative of life itself. i also consider myself very lucky to still be alive and thus regard sharing such experience as incredibly worthy. keep telling your story! and all the best for you and your family!

    life is wonderful – and you will definitely leave your very unique footprints in it.

    • TLH said:

      Hi Johanna, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. You mention that you feel lucky to be alive too. Can I ask if you have been through something similar? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

      • well, i wouldn’t call it similar – it’s a little over a year ago i was very sick and survived an acute necrotizing pancreatitis. during that time i had three near-death-experiences. i am 25years old and can continue living pretty much the same as before now, just sticking to a strict diet. except: nothing’s like before because my perspective on life has changed quite a lot since. i am now sure: all i have to do is to be alive. else i wouldn’t be here anymore. and that’s the same with you! 🙂 live and love to the fullest!

      • TLH said:

        Great attitude Johanna. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise.

  6. A Forno said:

    thank you for being an inspiration and an example of love for life. Thanks for making me realize the many blessings sometimes I take for granted and to be able to reset my priorities and approach of life.
    You are an example of determination, strength, struggle and courage.
    I wish for you and your family all the blessings in life.

    • TLH said:

      I am humbled by the response that I’ve received from people and I’m so happy that my story can help other people. You are very kind and I wish you all the best.

  7. Antony Wilcox said:

    Mate all the very best for the recovery. You’ve an incredibly inspiring attitude to life that you’ll no doubt pass onto to Sofia. I wish you and Valarie all my love and support for the recovery and I’m stoked that you’ll be around for a very long time to come!
    Tony

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Tony! I’m doing really well mate. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after surgery but, you know what? I feel great. I’m cancer free and ready for the next step. Sofía would love to meet you one day so maybe we can tee something up when I’m back up again 🙂

  8. Kat Mroz said:

    Hughesy – you are such an inspiration and have such a good heart and an amazing spirit. All the best with your operation and I’ll be thinking of you. Kat xx

    • TLH said:

      Thank you Kat. Operation went very smoothly and I’m feeling great. Looking forward to getting up and about in the next few day and weeks!

  9. Elliwalgram said:

    You are amazing! Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery!
    With love from a total stranger x

    • TLH said:

      It’s so nice to receive such thoughtful messages from strangers! Thank you!!

  10. Amy said:

    Tom I don’t know you but I am so moved by your story. All the very best for you and your family. I have no doubt this experience will be one of the most difficult in your life, but from the sounds of it you will be an incredible father to Sophia and wife to Valerie and friend to so many for many many more years, inspiring us all as you go along in life’s journey. Wishing you much love and luck.

    • TLH said:

      Thank you Amy! I’m so glad that you liked my story. It’s been such a tough time for my cute little family but we really feel like the worst of it is behind us now and we have plenty to look forward to. I really appreciate your support. Thank you.

  11. I have never actually met you haha, but I really had to leave you a comment to thank you! This is a beautiful way of dealing with a very very hard situation you are inspiring! I feel very grateful for having read this and I really hope it helps others deal with any challenges in their lives. Good luck with the operation all the best!

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Ashley, your kind words mean a lot to me. I’ve had such a great response. I will continue to write this blog and make sure everyone knows how I’m doing 🙂

  12. Erin said:

    I don’t know you, but you are one amazing person. I wish you all the happiness and joy in the world.

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Erin! The operation went well by the way and I’m doing really well.

  13. Anne-Maree Tavenor said:

    I think I know your beautiful sister Kate, your writing bought tears to my eyes. You are extremely brave and you will have a lot of tough times ahead but you are 100% doing the best thing for everyone. Good luck. I hope you heal quickly and you are racing around with your beautiful family soon.

    • TLH said:

      Hi Anne-Maree, nice to meet you. Kate has been so supportive through this whole ordeal and I really couldn’t have done it without her (and the rest of my family too, of course). Thanks for your kind words. The operation went well and I’m already looking forward to the next steps, even if they are difficult. I’m glad you liked my letter, it’s had a much better response than I expected. Very humbling.

  14. Andrew said:

    Hey mate,

    What an amazing life you have already lived. All the best for the rest of your journey.

    You are truly one of the greats.

    Regards,
    Andrew

    • TLH said:

      My life has certainly been interesting over the last 2 years or so! I really do wonder what’s going to happen next.. Whatever it is, I’m ready for it though. Thanks for writing, Andrew

  15. Anne Cook said:

    Hi Tom. If you and Valerie need some time together, Sim, Soph and I would love to babysit bubs for you. Anytime. All my love to you and your girls. Anne C. xx

    • TLH said:

      Thank you Anne, you are too kind. I will definitely keep that in mind. I’d love to introduce you to my girls so I can show them off a bit too! We’ll have to organize something once I’m out of hospital. Great to hear from you, Anne.

  16. Gen Simmons said:

    Tom, you are amazingly inspiring. Glad to hear everything with the surgery went well. Much love to you, Valerie and Sofia. xx

    • TLH said:

      It’s funny, Gen.. I never would have thought that I’d have this in me but I guess we surprise even ourselves in times of adversity. The recovery is going really smoothly and I’m hopeful to be out of hospital soon. Thanks for writing to be Gen, it was great to hear from you. Send my love to the family x

  17. emerald_greene25@yahoo.com said:

    Hi Tom, Im deeply humbled by the honesty and eloquence of your letter. You are an inspiration. I wish you love and a never ending supply of the strength you already possess for the journey back to wellness.
    Respectfully, Karen

    • TLH said:

      I too am deeply humbled, by the amazing response to my story. Hearing peoples reactions has given me so much strength. Add that to my existing attitude, and I think I’m going to be just fine 🙂
      Thank you for writing Karen and I’m glad you found my blog useful. All the best.

  18. Mala said:

    Hi TLH

    A friend of mine said I should read this post for a bit of inspiration. I am going through a dfficult time at the moment and this post has put a lot of things into perspective. I should be grateful for the time I have and not waste it by crying over what has already happened! Thank you and I promise to live each day with a BIG smile on my face…

    I hope the surgery went well! I wish you and your family all the best for the future!

    Mala x x

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Mala, I’m so glad I could help. If you want to talk about anything that you’re going through, I’d be happy to listen. Just let me know and I’ll give you my email – no pressure though.

      My surgery did go well, and recovery has been very smooth so far 🙂

      Thanks Mala

      • Mala said:

        I’m glad that your recovery has been smooth to date! That’s great news.

        I would love to chat, but your recovery is important for now x

  19. Steve Lynch said:

    Hughesey,
    I keep thinking of the “Blade Runner” in South Africa, if he can run like he does without 2 legs, you will be 50% better4 off than he is. Cant stop thinking about you and your new journey without “leftie’- you are not on your own, and your head is in the right place. Very best wishes & wish you a swift recovery and hope you get back on your foot really quickly. Warm regards to you and your beautiful family. Stevo.

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Steve, a lot of people have mentioned the blade runner and I must admit that I don’t really know who he is apart from what people have been telling me! I’ll have to do a bit more research about my fellow amputees to see how high the bar has been set. Recovery is going really well, helped a great deal by all of the wonderful support that I’ve been receiving. Thanks a lot for writing to me mate it means a lot.

  20. Hi Tom, The Falkland-Brown family wish you well and look forward to images of you and yours waltzing down the isle in the new year. Regards Andrew and Pauline FB

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Andrew, I’ll make sure there are plenty of photos circulating of Valerie and I tying the know in Guatemala!

  21. What a great power speaks from this message and how beatifull written. You have a lot of gifts, power and beaty in your hands and mind. Whish you all the best and luck in the coming time. Annabels mom

    • TLH said:

      Thank you so much for writing to me, it was a lovely surprise. I have great respect for you and your family, so your message really means a lot to me.
      Warm regards,
      Tom

  22. Hey Mate,

    You may not realise it but you are a modern Zen Master with a mind like a mirror, reflecting all the goodness in the world and clinging to none of the bad stuff. You’re truly an inspiration. I’d love to help with your rehab if I can, I’ll shoot you a private message.

    Troy. X

    • TLH said:

      Hey Troy! You know, on the days before my surgery I was telling everyone that I was feeling very Zen about the whole thing. I don’t really know enough about it but that’s how I felt! I might need to read a book about it or something because it’s a great way to be. Thanks so much buddy, you are very generous.

  23. Alex said:

    Tom, it’s been awhile!
    Just wanted to pass on my well wishes. I too have encounted the ever charismatic prof Choong, have been visiting since I was 18 and I think I’m at the end. I always joke that The Prof could tell me just about anything and I’d be ok with it! Your news was a lot to deal with and I am overwhelmed by your strength.
    I wish you and your family all the best.

    Alex

  24. mandie g said:

    Tom,
    An absolutely inspiring break-up letter, you had me in rivers of tears. I wish you and your beautiful family all the best.
    May your lives be filled with love and happiness.
    Mandie xx

  25. Monty said:

    Hi Tom,

    Love your story. What an amazing man you are… Loads of love to you and your gorgeous family. I run the website showandtellonline.com.au and I would really love to re post this piece if you are ok with that? This needs to be read by as many people as possible… So amazing! have left my email so let me know your thoughts… Monty xxx

    • TLH said:

      Thanks Monty, I’ll shoot you an email now 🙂

  26. Lucy S said:

    Tom,
    I think its been well over a decade since I’ve seen you. The last probably in the Park playing at the Logan Chrissy party.
    I heard of your news through Dad two weeks ago after his catch up with Aunty L.
    We have all been thinking of you and wishing you all the very best since this time. I was forwarded your blog today through the family channels – what an inspiration to read.
    What strength you have.
    It was wonderful to hear about your young family, and today see pictures of you all. Wishing you all the very best for the years to come, and many fun times racing Sophia!
    Hopefully all us ‘second cousins’ will cross paths one day in the near future.
    Even though we don’t catch up much – our love and thoughts are with you at this challenging time.
    Love Lucy & all the Simms family

  27. RIchard J said:

    Tom – Thank you for sharing your story. I’m very happy to hear that the operation went well and that you are on the path to recovery. I wish you and your family all the best and look forward to catching up in the near future. Richard J

  28. jac said:

    Tom I’m Loch Halls Aunt. That is a beautiful letter: funny, emotional, brave and inspirational. All the best of luck with your rehab and for a wonderful, happy and healthy future.

  29. Ted said:

    Hi Tom

    My story is almost identical. You are so lucky to have Peter Choong as your surgeon, he is an inspiration. I had a BAK in 2000. Life is never the same, it is harder, but it can still be fairly normal. I lost my leg but I still have my family, and 13 years later, every day is beautiful. Best luck to you, though you sound like you already have the right attitude.

  30. Terry & Denise Panton said:

    Hi Tom, my wife & I are friends of your Mum & Dad – yes we’re golfers and yes, we last saw you at your Mum’s birthday party. Your handling of this immense personal challenge is truly amazing and an absolute inspiration to all. As golfers, we take many things for granted, especially our limbs. Your story is very sobering for all who read it. You must have asked “but why me?” I guess the reality is that this sort of very confronting, heartbreaking, enormous psychological and physical challenge can happen to any of us (and when we least expect it). You are demonstrating in a very real way that it all comes down to attitude and focus and from your letter, we can see you’ve got that sorted. Just hang on, Tom, to that very precious aspect in your life. Your future and that of Valerie and Sofia, and your wonderful family now depend on your attitude and your focus. We look forward to following your many future achievements. Keep well, Terry & Denise

  31. Kelly said:

    I don’t know you Tom, Laura passed this on. Your story has moved me so much, and I feel compelled to tell you. Good luck to you, not just with your surgery but with your future
    . Take care, Kelly

  32. Ronni Manoa-Hofbauer said:

    Hey Tom… thank you for sharing your story. Your dad told me about your blogs and I’m reading this story with tears in my eyes…. (I still have one more patient to see… but that’s ok I just say that I have conjunctivitis hahahaha). It was such a shock for us at work who know you and your family. But as you said, when it comes to life and death situation, we have to make drastic decisions to live on. You have a wonderful daughter ad future wife, and a very supporting family. I’m certain that you will get along with your new left leg when the time comes. Take care and keep smiling:) Ronni from TVDC.

  33. nese said:

    HI,

    my 8 years old daughter Sinem has also synovial sarkoma, on her right hand. She had two surgical treatments, 9 cycles of chemo…this was one year ago..
    I hope this desease will never come back and my little angel will have a healthy happy and long life..
    I thank God for every day we still can be together..

    Good luck for the future and take care of you!
    Nese
    from Germany

    • TLH said:

      Hi Nese,
      I’m really sorry to hear about your daughter. Please keep a close eye on her because from my research I have learned that amputation is far more effective in eradicating synovial sarcoma from the body than any other form of treatment. The desire to keep ourselves ‘complete’ can end up costing us our whole selves and indeed our lives if the cancer decides to return. All it takes is a single cell to remain and there can be serious, deadly repercussions down the track. It sounds like you caught it early enough though and i wish you and your family nothing but health and happiness. Thanks for sharing with me.
      TLH

  34. McB said:

    Hey my man..

    I re-read this every now and then. I’m not sure why, but I do.

    Not much else to say that hasn’t been covered. You’re my best mate and I often think how lucky I am to have taken a chance and got that place in Antigua with you. What a journey it’s been.

    One-nil.

  35. Jana said:

    Hi Tom, I am glad I found your letter as we are going through similar experience. My husband was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma (right knee) and amputation is the best option for him. He has undergone through 3cycles of chemo but tumour hasn’t shrunk enough to be safely removed from his knee. It was a hard decision to elect for amputation but its seems the safest option. His surgery is next week. Thank you for posting this!

    • TLH said:

      Hey Jana, glad my experience could help you guys. I feel for your husband. If chemo was an option for me I probably would have tried it too, but in a way I’m glad that it wasn’t because it seems that amputation is the safest thing to do. I am now just over a year into my amputation and everything is going really well. Sure, it’s hard, but you know what? I’ve been back for a tonne of tests every 3 months and I’m still completely cancer free. Losing a leg has well and truly been worth it for me and my family. I’m sure that everything will go well with your husband’s surgery and if either of you ever have any questions I’d be more than happy to have a chat with you anytime. You’ll both get through this in no time and you’ll be back to normal before you know it.

      • Jana said:

        Thank you Tom. Surgery went well. At the moment things are pretty intense
        . It would be great to have a chat with you and ask some questions around prosthetics, recovery etc. Do you have an email address?

  36. Dale said:

    So… who won?? You or Sofi?

    Congrats on being amazeballs, by the way, and happy one year anniversary!

    All the best for a long and happy future 😊

    • TLH said:

      I won! Haha I would have happily lost, but I won. Sof was a late bloomer when it came to walking although she’s certainly made up for lost time now. Thanks Dale, appreciate the love.

  37. My sarcoma is in my chest. If I’d had it in a place where amputation was an option, I’d have chosen it in a heartbeat, just like you did. I’m glad that you will now have a chance at watching your baby grow up. I’m 12 years post-diagnosis and even though my chondrosarcoma is incurable, I’ve been able to manage it long enough to watch my child graduate from high school and start college. That opportunity was worth every single surgery and treatment I’ve experienced. I wish you all of the future happiness that your heart can stand, from one cancer survivor to another. *abrazos*

    • TLH said:

      Thanks for sharing x

  38. Claudette said:

    So glad I found this post. Our 17 year old son goes tomorrow for his pre-op CT scan. His synovial sarcoma is in his right lower leg wrapping behind the knee. He has a good attitude like you do. If they recommend amputation I will share this post with him. Best of everything for you and your family

    • TLH said:

      Best of luck! If you or he want to talk to me about aNything to do with the process and what to expect/ how to cope, please feel free to contact me x
      Tom

  39. Dawn said:

    Hi!
    My husband just had an AKA on 9/15. He is 44 yrs old, a homicide detective and usually very active. He has had 5 knee replacements and somewhere around 20 surgeries (he was a catcher ), and the last replacement ended up being infected, so he chose very readily to have an amputation. We are now on something like day 10 and the pain is terrible. And words of advice as to when he will turn this around and start feeling better?
    We both really enjoyed your letter to your knee!
    Thanks!
    ~Dawn

    • TLH said:

      Hi Dawn,
      The beginning is hardest, there’s no doubt about that. Pain was a big issue for me too but I can happily tell you that I have been pain free and medication free for a long time now and I’m not yet 2 years into life as an amputee. Having said that, there’s no shame in taking pain relief medication – that’s what it’s there for. Is your husband experiencing phantom pain or real pain from the operation? I found a great book that helped me deal with phantom pain and I don’t experience it at all anymore – http://www.normandoidge.com/?page_id=1259

      Another thing to help with phantom pain is mirror therapy – Google it.

      As for real pain, I found antiinflamatory drugs to be very effective. It’s worth trying a few different things to see what works for you because everyone is different. If you are in real pain it is important to get medication to alleviate it, so finding a doctor that understands is important. Try not to stay on strong pain killers for too long though because the longer you are on them the more difficult it is to get off them.

      Getting up walking again is great for morale. Things can progress pretty quickly with the help of a good prosthetist. If you aren’t happy with your prosthetist don’t be afraid to find a new one. I also use a wheelchair around the house – which I was reluctant to do. So as his wife, it’s your job to bully him into using one and he will thank you later (like I thank my wife). It helps to conserve energy and visit the bathroom at night etc compared to crutches.

      Hope this was helpful. It’s a very big change and there will be some difficult times ahead but it will pass and life will be normal again before you know it.

      Feel free to contact me again if you have any more questions. All the best.

      Tom

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