She Lost Her Foot To Cancer, But What She Did With It Will Make You Laugh.
Doctors who perform amputations on their patients are not usually asked for that part back. Kristi Loyall, is not your typical patient though. In 2011, the young woman began to feel numbness in her right pinky toe. She discussed this with a doctor who didn't think it was anything to worry about.
Over the years, the numbness worked its way to half of her foot. At night, she was facing extreme pain in her foot but she assumed she was just having sleep problems. Finally, her doctor referred her to a neurologist but after six visits they couldn't give her a concrete diagnosis. By 2015, a lump had grown.
She was sent for an MRI and x-rays. Doctors believed she had lipoma, a non-cancerous fatty tumor or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, constriction/compression of the nerves in the foot. Finally, the hard news came in April 2016, it was cancer. After a failed surgery that did not remove the cancer completely, thus, causing to spread to the rest of the foot her only option was amputation.
Rather than be angry at her situation, Loyall tries to see the humour by posting photos of her foot wherever she goes.
"I asked, 'Can I have my foot back?'" Loyall tells ABC News. "He thought I was kidding, but then he's like, 'I think that you can, but not too many people ask for body parts back.'"
The cancer did not extend beyond her right foot. She admits, early detection is vital. "If you have any lumps or abnormalities, I'd tell people to get it checked out. I might not have lost my foot had I moved a little faster," she says.
Loyall's cancer is an aggressive epitheliod sarcoma. She is being monitored by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Having a good sense of humour and good friends she says are key to her recovery.
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