My name is Emma and I am 15 years old. I am a gymnast and dancer from Toronto, Canada. I did gymnastics 4 times a week, competitively for about 7 years. My journey starts in March 2016, when I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a malignant tumor that originates in the bone. By the time they caught it, it has already metastasized to my lungs. I immediately started chemotherapy and I was afraid that I would never do a flip again, however when I was presented with the option of a rotationplasty, I chose it over a limb salvage surgery because it meant I would still be able to do all my gymnastics and dance tricks but with the help of a prosthetic leg. During surgery, my knee portion with the tumour was removed, and my healthy tibia and foot were rotated and reattached to my upper thigh, so now my ankle is backwards and function as a knee joint when I point and flex my foot. Today after 2 years, 4 lung surgeries, a relapse, and lots of physiotherapy and learning to use my prosthetic leg, I am getting back my gymnastics skills and working my way back into what I always loved to do!
I hope my story inspires others and I want to show that anything is possible if you set your mind to it! If I can flip with a backwards leg, YOU can do whatever you DREAM to do!