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"Medical health mystery"
"A medical health Mystery"
"Medical health mystery"
The story of Many Sellars, the women with giant legs. I was watching the medical channel when I saw the documentary on Proteus Syndrome also called the Elephant man's disease.
Many Sellars rare condition causes her legs and feet to grow more than 210 pounds of extra flesh. Being born with this condition and over the years her legs and feet has ballooned to an alarming size. Mandy has problems getting around but she has great determination, so she is still mobile, it just take her longer move and she cant only stand for ten minutes at a time.
Mandy has a big problem standing because of how weighted down she feels from the heaviness of her legs; she get tired quick and that because of carring around all the weight with her. Mandy is in a dire situation, the largeness of her legs causes her heart to pump harder to get blood to all areas of her body, so her heart is pumping double times or triple time.
She concerned about how long can her heart take this punishment before completely stopping. She torn, between wanted to have an amputation and not having an amputation; if the amputation is going to keep her from being able to walk and do for her herself, she reluctant to have it done. I think she in a damnable situation, where she damned if she doesn't and damned if she does.
The Doctor sort of burst her bubble, when he told her it was almost impossible for her to get prosthetics for her legs if she got an amputation. mandy decided she would just wait for right now. can any of us even imagine what kind of hell she going through, I watch her move around and drive her car and it's a job, just getting in an d out of her car. She is so strong for such a small frame lady and I'm not just talking body wise; I'm talking about having a strong determination and strong constitution, I don't know if we could do it.
Mandy Sellars story s very heart wrenching, but her will to live and her great determination is what keeps her going. She also a very optimistic person, I don't know which one of us could do what she doing. Mady story alone, should be enough to make any of us quit complaining and get up and do something with ourselves; Mandy carry around at least 210 pounds around with her every day and she not complaining about hire tired she is, or how unfair life is.
We all should look at Mandy Sellars story, and rethink all the complaint we do every day; about this being wrong or that being wrong and ,thank God for what we have... and work with what we have because it could always be worse. Sometimes if can look at someone else's situation and how bad that having it, we can stop complaining and thank God for your blessing. I believe there is a God, and I know he solves problems; and I pray that he can answer Mandy Sellars prayers just to be able to walk again, even if it means give her her giant legs that has held her hostage for many years.
Benny Faye Douglass