'Doctors told me I had six months to live if they didn't amputate my leg'

 
Related

Make these two changes at dinner to avoid gaining weight

Health at home
242 points

This man recognised and treated his own heart attack

Health at home
204 points



Most recent

Climate change could disrupt global beer supply

Technology news
16 points

Here s why you should never, ever drain your pasta in the sink

You have to know
70 points

Being nice tied to financial hardship, study finds

About everything
18 points

98-year-old mom worried about 80-year-old son, so moves into retirement home to care for him

Amazing histories
54 points

Recipes for Better Sleep

About everything
26 points

Moldy bread: Here s what happens to your body when you eat the clean part

You have to know
28 points

Atlantic salmon use magnetic fields to navigate, even when landlocked

Technology news
24 points

Study: hundreds of health, weight loss products contain unapproved ingredients

About everything
24 points

City tours and pub crawls with Pokemon GO?

Random Time
12 points

98-year-old war widow tries to catch Prince Harry s eye, and what happened next will shock you

Amazing histories
22 points
SHARE
TWEET
When doctors initially told 65-year-old Florence “Flori” Schikker she had diabetes, this grandmother of 10 went into denial for 27 years.

'Doctors told me I had six months to live if they didn't amputate my leg'

“I was diagnosed with diabetes 34 years ago and only when I lost my toe, I realised that my diabetes was serious," she says.

'I couldn't handle the pain'

Schikker, a type 2 diabetic, had puss oozing out from underneath her foot, not knowing she had stepped into a drawing pin.

“After the doctor examined my foot, it started festering.”

But soon it was not just her toe that caused problems. Six months after that first loss, she had to have her leg below the knee amputated.

“I couldn’t handle the pain. It was excruciating,” she says.

She was given six months to live because of her poor lifestyle.

A major contributing factor

“Doctors told me, the only way to survive this fight was to amputate my leg,” Schikker says.

She acknowledges that she had lived an unhealthy lifestyle for many years. Working in a bank, she did very little exercise and ate fast food and drank Coke on a regular basis.

“If the doctor tells you you’re a diabetic, don’t ignore it. Don’t get to where I am. The sooner you accept things, the better it is for your health.”

Only after her toe was amputated, did she realise the seriousness of diabetes and how her lifestyle was a major contributing factor to her situation.

At peace with the situation

However, Schikker finally accepted her fate as a diabetic after the doctor told her that her leg would have to be amputated.

“I saw it coming. The pain was terrible.

“I could no longer handle it. At this point I was prepared; whatever came had to be.

“Anyone can survive amputation, with the correct mental and family support. It’s important in the progress of the amputee,” she explains.

“I accepted it immediately and so did my family. A week later I got a call from the doctor to come in with my family. I was seated in the middle with various doctors looking at me, but I stopped them and said, ‘I’m fine.’ My children saw that I was at peace with the situation and supported me.”

Schikker is the co-author of two cookbooks and co-presents a cooking show on Via, an Afrikaans channel on DSTV.

Helping others

“I’ve achieved quite a lot in these seven years that I didn’t have my leg.

“I don’t think I would’ve achieved these things if it wasn't for my foot. I wouldn't say it's because of my foot, but if this hadn't happened to me. I wouldn’t have the outlook on life that I have now,” she continues cheerfully.

She is now also leading a healthy life. “Having my leg amputated was the best thing I could have done for myself.”

Schikker often spends time with other amputees struggling to deal with their situation. “God gave me my situation to help others,” she maintains.

One of the ladies she counselled told her she helped her tremendously.

“She told me I gave her her life back,” Schikker says, breaking into tears. “Never let your condition determine your situation.”

Written by: Tauhira Dean in a interview to health24.com

Fuente: www.health24.com
SHARE
TWEET
To comment you must log in with your account or sign up!
Featured content