One day 11 years ago, Mrs. Sharon Reynolds never knew her life was going to change dramatically. She was hit head on by another vehicle, causing multiple injuries including a torn right ankle. Mrs. Reynolds underwent 2 skin grafts, 1 salvage surgery, and ankle fusion. After living in pain for almost a decade, Sharon decided to take the next step and elected for amputation. She feels that she is getting her life back, being independent with a faster walk.

One day 11 years ago, Mrs. Sharon Reynolds never knew her life was going to change dramatically. Before that fateful day, Mrs. Reynolds was a busy medical office secretary, an active jogger, and active with her 11 and 12 year old daughters. She was hit head on by another vehicle, causing multiple injuries including a torn right ankle. Mrs. Reynolds underwent 2 skin grafts, 1 salvage surgery, and ankle fusion. Her surgeon provided her with two options: take the ankle or fuse it. She attempted to regain her active lifestyle after the surgery and felt that at first, it was okay. Over the course of the next year she experienced more pain in her ankle, back and hips. Sharon got to the point where she could only walk a very short distance with a cane. “I felt like more of an 80 year old than an active middle aged female.” Sharon felt like she was out of options and tried to make the best of a negative situation.

While on the internet searching for answers, she found a group of people who had had their ankle fused and then elected for amputation. The group of people explained a new life, feeling relief, returning to an active lifestyle, with waiting to have their amputation being their only regret. After living in pain for almost a decade, Sharon decided to take the next step and elected for amputation. Mrs. Reynolds has continued to progress in her activity level and is now able to perform activities she never thought possible with her fused ankle. Recently moving to a definitive prosthesis, Mrs. Reynolds was fit with an Endolite Elan prosthetic ankle system. Instantly she felt a difference, “I started crying because it was the closest thing to what God gave me when I was born”. She feels that she is getting her life back, being independent with a faster walk.

The hill in front of her house used to be quite the challenge, now with her new prosthesis and Elan foot she feels it is a piece of cake. Balance is an automatic motion that just happens, she no longer worries about stability. Sharon loves helping and doing for others, which has been restored with her new found independence. She recently received her teaching certificate and plans to teach at a busy junior high next fall. Through her caring nature and determination, Sharon will achieve great things including going hiking in the mountains once again.

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