Cancer survivor goes everywhere with the skeleton of her amputated leg

By Robyn Lucas
10 July 2017

“My parents tried to convince me not to keep it, but I thought I’d regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t.”

She was forced to have her leg amputated after being diagnosed with cancer – but she still takes two legs everywhere she goes.

Kristi Loyall (25) was diagnosed with soft tissue epithelioid sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, she'd had to have her right leg amputated. But the Oklahoma native found a way she could keep her detached limb with her forever.

In April 2016, Kristi was finally diagnosed with the rare disease after four years of symptoms that puzzled doctors.

She told PBS News that it had all started with a numb feeling in her right baby toe. The numbness and pain had then progressed to her foot and lower leg over time.

After her doctors diagnosed Kristi with the disease, he gave her more devastating news -- she would lose her entire right leg.

 

Hung out with an old friend today #amputee #skeleton #funnybone #foot #porch #whiteasslegs #onefootwander

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But Kristi's response was one her doctor certainly wasn't expecting -- she asked him if she could actually keep the leg he'd be amputating.

“He thought I was joking, and I was like no, I really want it back,” the 25-year-old told Pbs Newshour.

“I’m kind of weird like that,” Kristi said. “My parents tried to convince me not to keep it, but I thought I’d regret it for the rest of my life if I didn’t.”

After her operation, she got her wish -- and now Kristi never leaves home without the bones of her right leg.

The cancer survivor sent her bones away to a company called Skull Unlimited to get it whitened, pinned together and de-greased – leaving it looking like a skeleton manikin you might find in a school science lab.

Hole in one #golf #amputee #skeleton #foot #funnybone #footloose #onefootwander A post shared by cancer foot?? (@onefootwander) on

The @onefootwander, as Kristi is known on Instagram, shares pictures of her daily travels, garnering her almost 20 000 followers.

 

At the #movies #amputee #skeleton #foot #warren #warrentheatres #moore #moorewarren #movie #staypeculiar #onefootwander

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Dippin my toes in the water #amputee #skeleton #foot #cancersucks #cancer #epithelioidsarcoma #sulphur #onefootwander A post shared by cancer foot?? (@onefootwander) on

Kristi, who is currently not working because of her disability, uses her tongue-in-cheek Instagram account to raise funds for her ongoing care.

“It makes me feel better about life, in general, to make jokes out of things. So it definitely makes me better to make a joke out of this situation.”

 

Happy new year guys, fuck 2016 haha #amputee #skeleton #foot #onefootwander

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Kristi also hopes that her Instagram page might help lift people’s spirits.

“I want my Instagram account to show people who are going through hard situations that life goes on and that there’s hope.”

Sources: dailymail.co.ukktla.com, today.com

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