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‘ align=’left’ /> Kristi Loyall is taking it all in stride after she had to have her right foot amputated last April, and she’s found a truly unique way of getting her message of cancer prevention across. day 2 bunion surgeryLoyall takes her real-life foot everywhere she goes, posing it for a colorful array of photos she posts to Instagram. And it all began with a question. PHOTOS: Woman takes Instagram photos of severed foot If you’re viewing on our ABC 7 Chicago news app, tap on the photo above to see more images. “I asked, ‘Can I have my foot back?'” Loyall said. “He thought I was kidding, but then he’s like, ‘I think that you can, but not too many people ask for body parts back.'” A step back: How she lost her foot It all began with a diagnosis of epitheliod sarcoma in April 2015, after Loyall began experiencing numbness in her right pinky toe. While doctors couldn’t find anything wrong, she began to worry as the pain set in. Soon, Loyall found a lump on her right foot, but doctors told her they thought it was a lipoma, a non-cancerous fatty tumor. Right before her first surgery, surgeons said “there was a 1 in 100,000 chance the lipoma was cancerous, but he wanted to send it to pathology just in case.” Days later, Loyall learned the news: “It was cancer.” While the cancer had not spread, some of the cancer was missed in the first surgery. Loyall said her oncologist recommended amputation was the best option to keep the aggressive epitheliod sarcoma from coming back. With radiation being less effective on this type of cancer, there was only one thing Loyall could do: she opted for amputation, because it seemed to offer the best chance of survival.
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