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California Woman Won’t Let Amputation Interfere With Her Plans

Apr 10, 2023 |

In recognition of Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month, Mirage News featured a story about Melissa Kendall of California. 

Melissa began experiencing foot pain in late 2021 that gradually worsened. She was focused on her upcoming wedding and didn’t think much of it. She tried physical therapy, but it did not help much. 

Then she suffered a broken pelvis that led to a diagnosis of bone cancer. Chemotherapy followed, but Melissa’s type of cancer often does not respond to treatment. 

Eventually, she had surgery to remove her pelvis and her right leg. 

“I relied on my faith and prayed about what I should do,” Melissa said. “It was a big decision, but ultimately, with the support of my family, I decided to proceed with the surgery, which I knew would leave me with only one leg.” 

Melissa said one of her goals now is to become a mother. She also plans to return to the outdoors, including skiing at Lake Tahoe.