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Amanda King – An inspiration to all of us.
Amanda was living her life without a care in the world. When she started to get pains in her legs, they were initially diagnosed as leg spasms and they were treated with injections. Amanda thought her problems were over. However soon afterwards, while on holiday in Lanzarote, Amanda started to have panic attacks. When she returned to Dublin she was referred to the Mater Hospital for an ultrasound where they found a tumour in her leg.
Amanda’s life suddenly changed. It started to revolve around chemotherapy and radiation – however, the tumour remained.
Eventually in 2006 she was referred to Cappagh Hospital for a leg amputation. The impact of this on Amanda’s life was harrowing. At such a young age to lose a leg is a very difficult thing to deal with. Especially helpful to Amanda were Clinical Nurse Specialist Bone Tumour Liaison, Margaret Cavanagh and prosthetist/orthotist Donna Fisher, who were with Amanda constantly guiding and supporting her through her recovery.
Amanda has two young children of her own and despite having to cope with losing her leg she still finds time to play with her children and to help others. Determined not to let this devastating turn of events beat her, Amanda decided to try to get a computerised leg.
Despite, the huge cost, €30,000, computerised leg would enable her to have a full range of movement and allow her the mobility to run after her young children.
Amanda went about fundraising for the new leg with benefit nights and collections outside Croke Park. With the help of her family friends, the community and your donations through Cappagh Hospital Foundation (formerly Trust) she achieved her aim and now has a computerised leg.
The computerised leg has made life much easier. Going down stairs and running after the kids as well as going to the gym are much simpler. Amanda goes to the gym 3 times a week and takes long walks when possible – she has also taken part in the Women’s Mini Marathon.
Amanda was deservedly voted the Flora Heart Hero at 2010 Flora Mini Marathon – a tribute to her big heart and the help and inspiration she gives to others.
Despite the devastating impact of losing her leg Amanda’s gentle nature and quiet determination still shine through. Amanda is an inspiration to all of us and a model for overcoming severe adversity in life and she is still shining through with passion and strength of character.
Click on the link below for a press interview with Amanda.