Just taking the step

At almost 42yrs old the time has finally come for change..

‘Life changing’ change..

I was born with a pretty significant leg length discrepancy with my right leg longer than my left.  It is not something I have worried about at length (no pun intended). Actually life has been pretty good to me surrounded by an amazing network of family and friends.

Don’t get me wrong there’s been days when I have hated being different but while it has shaped me as a person (in a good way) it has never defined me – for that I am grateful.

Since about June last year I have been seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Ivan Astori, (for the first time in 27yrs – to his horror!) in relation to my leg. As I am getting older and things are starting to wear it was time to look into the options available to me,  the longer I leave it the less likely it is that I will be considered for anything as major as planned.

Couple of interesting facts:

I don’t have a cruciate ligament in my left leg – that was new.. but explains a lot!!

I have a 12cm difference between my left leg and my right –  never knew that fact either 😁

I think I have been a very interesting case and perhaps considered a little blasé when it comes to the fact that I haven’t been to a specialist or had an X Ray since I was a teenager.

Regardless of that on  May 24 2016 I undergo a 5/6hr surgery under Dr Astori that requires both my femur and tibia to be broken. The femur will be fitted with a Precise Nail  and my tibia will be fitted with a different device using the Ilizarov method. The Ilizarov device involves an external ring clamp consisting of split rings with the fixation of spikes/rods. This carries the most risk due to the  pin infections that can occur during the life of the lengthening. They also have to cut/release my calf/hamstrings to allow the necessary bone growth (sounds fun 😜). It is expected that the femur will gain 4cm and the Tibia 6cm in length (hopefully) I will still have some difference – as the full length may be just too much for him to gain via this procedure, but that is quite ok with me as who wants to be perfect😂! Ha.

This is a minimum 6 month process including the extension (min 60days) and consolidation (min 120days) periods . I am really hoping the Ilizarov cage will come off by Christmas this year.

I have now finished work for the next 6-7 months and things are about to get real. At the moment my mood swings between  excitement, total fear and hoping to god there’s lots of GOOD drugs.

So ‘Just Take The Step’ is a blog on my leg lengthening story, it’s mostly for me (a therapy if you like) but I’m happy to overshare. Actually I have no idea how to blog.. first timer right here!

So if you’re interested (or know someone who might benefit) follow my blog. Whether you believe in God, spirits or none of the above please consider me in your prayers, affirmations or thoughts! Any  positive vibes you send my way I will gladly accept.

Thanks for just taking the step with me. x

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22 thoughts on “Just taking the step

  1. Leah

    Rosie what a courageous step 😜 you are taking. You are in our thoughts and your blog has already put a tear in my eye. I am looking forward to following this journey and now I have a reason to come to qld so I can visit xxx

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  2. Rosie, you are very courageous and I will follow your blog, and look forward to the updates on this incredible journey that you are about to embark on. My thoughts and prayers will be with you every step of the way. Robyn Perren x

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  3. Mary Paschko

    You are such a beautiful person Rosie – your spirit, your kindness, your strength, your love – all the things you have given to so many people over the years will come back a thousandfold to support you through this. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and will look forward to following your journey through your blog.

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  4. What a huge decision you have made. Congratulation’s on taking the step! I really enjoyed reading your blog, laughed and cried, so honest. Looking forwards to following your courageous journey on your blog. Sending love and best wishes. xx 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for reading the blog and your beautiful feedback Petah! I have to say I have found it really therapeutic to write them. I’m so grateful for all of the love and support I have received xx

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  5. Kate mac

    As the parent of a child who has had a jaw lengthening surgery I can honestly say, kudos to you, we did lengthening for ten days and consolidation for 8 weeks which is nothing compared to your road but I can completely understand the need for many drugs.
    I’m gonna join this wander and cheer you on from the sidelines.

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    1. Wow Kate! Jaw lengthening would have come with its own very unique set of challenges.. I don’t think I will fully comprehend the impact until I’m out of surgery next Tuesday. Thanks for joining me and your support!

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