My Leg is Different, by Olivia

Olivia Sept 2012Hi. My name is Olivia.  I am 7 years old.  I am in 2nd grade.  I have something in my right leg called Klippel Trenauney Syndrome. Every year, I get a few surgeries.  I had 14 surgeries so far.  I started surgeries when I was 4.

I used to think I was the only one in the WORLD with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome.  But when I go to the hospital I always meet someone who goes to the same doctor as me. Now I know there are more people in the world with something similar.

I used to not like when people see my leg. It made me feel embarrassed.  I felt embarrassed because I am different.  I am different because you can see my veins on my right leg.  I now know it shows that I am strong.

I do a lot of sports like gymnastics, soccer, jazz, tap, softball, swimming and cheerleading.  A lot of people ask questions about my leg.

I just say I was born with it. I am the same as everyone else but my leg!

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