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Axia College Material Promoting Healthy Behavior SARAH REINERTSEN (ATHLETE) When I was born, I was born with one leg shorter than the other. A congenital condition known as proximal femoral focal deficiency. Which basically, in English, means that I didn’t have the tissues in my left limb to stimulate enough growth. So, my left leg was extremely shorter than my right leg. And then when I was seven, they decided to amputate the foot and fuse my knee. [1]23:47:31 SOLVEIGH FUENTES (MOTHER) It was pretty devastating because, you know, you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you when you have a child. And so, we had to meet with some doctors. They told us that, hey, we’re going to have to amputate, fuse the knee, take away the knee, fuse the bones together and then she’ll wear a prosthesis. So, by seven years old, she was wearing what they call a bending leg. [1]23:47:52 SARAH REINERTSEN (ATHLETE) I was eight years old at the time, seven, eight years old. And it was after my surgery, and my dad signed me up for this one-mile fun run. And my brother and I went. We raced in it. And I came in dead last. I hated that. [1]23:48:09 SOLVEIGH FUENTES (MOTHER) She did come kind of in last. But she did it. That’s the, the whole key is that she didn’t -she didn’t give up. [1]23:48:16 SARAH REINERTSEN (ATHLETE) I wanted to be athletic. But I didn’t really have the strength or the prosthetics to be athletic. I was always the last kid picked for kick ball, you know. I was the weak link. I couldn’t kick the ball as hard. I couldn’t run the bases that fast, as fast. So, I was lucky to make it to first base. [1]23:48:32 SOLVEIGH FUENTES (MOTHER) One day she said to me, she says, mom, why do I have to wear this leg all the time? I hate it, I hate it. And there was a time when she was about eight, maybe nine. And I said to her, I said, you know, your dad has to wear glasses. I said, and if he didn’t wear his glasses, he wouldn’t be able to see where he was going. He couldn’t drive. I said, Sarah, yours is the same thing, if you don’t put your leg on, you don’t wear your leg, you’re not going to be able to function and move around like everybody else. [1]23:48:57 SARAH REINERTSEN (ATHLETE) So I just sort of went along and, and did enough to get by. But it wasn’t until I was 11 years old when I met a woman named Paddy Rossbach, who is an amputee runner, that I realized that maybe I could be an athlete. [1]23:49:14
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course ECONOMICS ECO taught by Professor David during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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