This woman was told her leg sprain was a deadly cancer and only amputation would save her life
Cancer can attack you in strange ways which is what 21 year old Sarah Dransfield from Holmfirth West York found out to her utter horror. Sarah was attacked by cancer without even realizing it. Even Doctors dismissed her disease attributing it to just a leg sprain when it turned out to be cancer. Ultimately her leg required amputation.
At just 16 years old Sarah was finally diagnosed by one the most aggressive forms of cancer that attacks the bone. Her leg sprain was cancer that shocked her.
1 Doctors diagnosed the pain in her leg as just a sprain
When Sarah Dransfield living in Holmfirth, West York was just 16, she developed an unexplained pain in her leg that just wouldn’t go away. Instead it got worse. Her GP diagnosed her problem as a sprain in the leg and prescribed regular painkillers. He advised her to return in a few weeks. Sarah’s condition deteriorated further and she decided to see a physio who advised an MRI.
Sarah’s family saw the results of the scan taken in 2012, they were horrified. It wasn’t a sprain but a deadly cancer eating away at her bone. It was osteosarcoma which was confirmed after an x ray. When her family took Sarah back to the Doctor, he revealed the shocking truth that she would have to amputate her leg to save her life. Sarah was devastated; she thought she might even die.
2 Grueling sessions of chemo had no effect
Although doctors began treating her with grueling sessions of chemotherapy, they were unsuccessful. They contemplated replacing her damaged bone with metal but that too wasn’t possible. Ultimately doctors revealed to Sarah and her family, her leg would have to be amputated because the cancer would spread to the lungs and endanger her life.
The cancer did spread causing two tumors on her lungs however chemotherapy and two rounds of surgery successfully removed the cancer from her lung. Sarah’s life turned upside down where she also had to give up school.
3 Sarah’s leg was finally amputated in 2013
In 2013, Sarah decided to undergo the amputation and till show as 21, the young teen was highly embarrassed by her prosthetic leg. She always wore trousers and long skirts. Moreover she also found it difficult to adjust walking with a prosthetic leg. But Sarah was determined to regain her life back and she gradually adjusted to her new leg.
Sarah’s inspiring moment came when she visited the Limb Power Games sporting event. When she saw the athletes taking part, she was motivated into making a life altering decision. She would no longer hide her false leg.
4 Sarah has embraced her condition without hiding from society
Sarah has now accepted her condition and does not hide it from society. Her change of attitude has made her take to sports like wheel chair racing. Her confidence has been boosted to the point of joining a modeling agency.
According to Angel Sinclair founder of Models of Diversity, ‘It’s important that people with disability are represented in the fashion industry. ‘Our work at MOD is to change the views of high street brands and show them that these models do exist – and have the ability to model.