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"Medical health mystery"

Updated on October 19, 2009

"A medical health Mystery"

Mandy Sellars, I will call her a medical miracle because she's still getting around and driving her own car.
Mandy Sellars, I will call her a medical miracle because she's still getting around and driving her own car.
Mandy having her legs checked by the Doctor.
Mandy having her legs checked by the Doctor.
showing the size of her legs
showing the size of her legs

"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


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    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you antheay, for your visit and comment, it makes us count our blessings more and not take anything for granted. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      7 years ago

      Ya its really sad..There are lot of people around the world suffering with unknown diseases..When we see them or heard about them We can understand that how lucky we are..

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      Catherine R 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Poor woman. Thank you for sharing this sad story. You are so right - we should count our blessings.......

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      You're welcome and thanks for your comment and feedbackit touched my heart to and I started to pray for her for God to bless her with an answer for her in her situations. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      creativeone59, I saw this story some time ago and I was touched by her optimism. Thanks for bring such thought provoking and inspiring reminder.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Veronica for you comment and feedback, we all should count our blessings. thank for your comment and feedback. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Hello hello for your comment and input, it makes us count our blessings. creativeone59

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I saw this progrma and yes, she truly is an inspiration. Thanks for reminding us of this awesome story.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Yes, there are so many people who such great medicial problems and we don't think about it when we got problems which are half as big. It must be a nightmare. I saw a program on the TV about it. Thanks for reminding us that there are worse off people.


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