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Lucy’s Story

PFFD  (Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency)

Lucy Strain - PFFD

Hi there, this is me Lucy with my brother and sister.  I’m the little one at the front with the glasses and the cute smile. This is me at a recent Kuk Sool Won Tournament.  KSW is a mixed martial art that I have been doing now for almost two years. I am the only one in my martial arts school who wears a prosthetic leg.  In fact, when we meet with hundreds of Kuk Sool Won students, Instructors and Masters  at lots of different Tournaments I am still the only one who wears a prosthetic leg.   From the beginning, in tournaments, I have been treated the same as everyone else.  I test and I compete!  It’s not easy but I just try my best.  So far I have earned my yellow stripe. In tournament I compete against boys and girls who have two equal legs and I am proud to say I have always earned a place on the podium.   No one feels sorry for me, they judge me fairly. My hope is to be the first amputee to gain a black belt in KSW. I was born with unilateral PFFD and Fibular Hemimelia. My mum and dad decided that amputation of my foot would be the best option for me.  I call my little leg ‘thumper’ and everyone in my family loves her! My message to anyone who wears a false leg like me is to,  ‘Have a go! Try your best!’