Living As A Female Symes Amputee
I am a 23 year old Syme's Amputee (L Foot). Although I have been in remission for 5 years, I continue to struggle with it. Let me rephrase that. I have accepted the loss of my foot and believe it is truly a large part of me and I am proud of who I have become. But I am frustrated about prosthetic options. As a 23 year old female, I am constantly asked what is wrong with my foot or knee. Since I have a long residual limb, I am extremely limited with my options. A few years back, I had a foot made that has a split toe so I can wear sandals. Living in California, this was life changing compared to my clunky old prosthetic. While I am fortunate for that, I struggle with the fact that since I wear socks under it and it goes to my knee cap, it is always visible if I wear skirts or shorts. This becomes a considerable problem when going to a job interview. Not exactly the conversation I want to focus on! So I am constantly in search for an adjustable prosthetic foot for Symes Amputees. Our community is somewhat small (at least on the internet.) and I am always trying to look them up online, etc. I know they make these adjustable for below the knee and above the knee but this isn't helpful to Syme's Amputees. But alas, I am thankful to have survived 2 bouts of cancer.