Could you ever imagine yourself in a situation where you have to make the decision to amputate a part of your body? Well, that’s the exact situation that one young girl found herself in when she was only eleven. From that day on, this young girl would grow up with a ton of body issues that she would seemingly have to overcome. However, you won’t believe just where life has taken her now…
20. Philadelphia Model
A model from Philadelphia has recently shared her story of how she got into the modeling industry. Her story begins in an unusual way when she had to make quite the difficult decision when she was only 11. It was this decision that would ultimately lay the groundwork for her future.
Tessa Snyder, 29, was diagnosed with bone cancer in her right femur in 2000. She was only 11-years-old and at first her family just thought that the pain she was feeling was growing pains. However, it was a much more sinister pain.
Soon enough, the 11-year-old began the rounds of chemotherapy in order to stop the cancer cells from spreading. Tessa quickly began to feel like she wasn’t in control of her own body anymore as she began to lose hair and weight. It was a tough situation for such a young girl to go through.
17. An Option
Tessa began to grow more and more frustrated with the chemotherapy process and just wanted it all to be over with. After a few months had gone by, the doctor presented Tessa with a serious option. She couldn’t believe the choice that she had to make.
In order to increase her chances of survival, Tessa would have to make the decision of whether to have her right leg amputated. This was a huge decision for such a young girl to make and she immediately began to think the situation through.
15. Higher Chances
The doctors explained to Tessa that the chances of the cancer returning after chemotherapy would be higher if she still kept her leg. So she thought it through and eventually decided that she would opt to have her leg removed. However, the recovery period and the body image issues that she would struggle with would be the hardest parts to deal with.
14. Recovery Period
Tessa’s recovery period was a difficult one and it took a lot of time for her to readjust her life around this huge change. For starters, Tessa had to start to learn how to walk with a new prosthetic leg. However, it was the body image issues that plagued her the most for the next few years.
13. Body Image Issues
For a while, Tessa struggled with a lot of body image issues after going through chemotherapy and having her leg removed. It was hard for her to lose her long brown hair and it was even more hard for her to begin to learn how to walk with a prosthetic without any friends by her side. However, Tessa continued to push through…
12. Accepting Herself
As the years went by, Tessa began to grow more and more comfortable with herself and her body. After two decades of dealing with body image issues, Tessa decided to do something extraordinary to combat the insecurities. She decided to get into modeling!
11. Reclaiming Her Confidence
After so many years of disliking the way she looked, Tessa decided to reclaim her confidence by modeling. Her modeling career also helped her out in many other ways as well. Tessa now has a wonderful husband and a beautiful family that she is raising with him.
10. Feeling Better
“I love that at almost 30-years-old I feel more beautiful and sexier than ever,” Tessa revealed to The Mirror. “I can’t believe I used to let so many things get to me. Cancer sucks, and having one leg may not be ideal sometimes, but I was given a second chance at life.”
9. Sharing Her Story
Tessa is hoping that by posting on social media and sharing her story that she can inspire other amputees. She wants to help other amputees accept their bodies and fall in love with themselves in the same way she has been able to. “It’s taken me almost 20 years to fully accept my prosthesis,” Tessa admitted.
“School with a prosthetic was difficult. I felt different to everyone else. I felt out of place and like I wouldn’t be accepted or have any friends. As I was so young at first, I just didn’t know any different. But when I was in my teen years that’s when I had the most difficulty liking my prosthetic,” Tessa explained.
“There are days when I don’t want to wear it or days when it hurts, and it gives me sores. But one thing I realised is that I couldn’t keep living my life hating something that I couldn’t change,” Tessa said. It was through this self-acceptance that Tessa’s life changed for the better.
6. Part of Her
“My prosthetic is a part of me and it’s who I am. It gives me the ability to take me places I want to go and to be able to experience life with my children and partner. The closest people in my life had loved seeing me open up recently and inspiring others who are going through similar circumstances.”
5. Learning To Love Ourselves
“I’ve learned so much, but mostly how to grow. Growth is such a beautiful thing that we all have the ability to achieve. Self-acceptance, growing and learning to love ourselves are the keys to happiness in my eyes,” she explained. She hopes that she can instill this mentality into young people who are also struggling with similar issues.
4. New Normal
“I can’t even remember what life was like on my original two legs. This is normal now,” Tessa said. “If I get to help one person through my journey, then my purpose on earth is worth it. Almost 20 years later, I am proud to say to that little 11-year-old girl, thank you for not giving up.”
3. Posting On Social Media
Tessa has been quite active on social media and posts about her journey on her accounts. Under the Instagram handle @tessnyder, Tessa continues to share the ups and down of her journey as both a cancer survivor and an amputee. She has also begun to post on her own YouTube channel.
Tessa is so happy that she was given a second chance at life. She is raising her two sons with her wonderful husband and she is so grateful to her family for supporting her through it all. She has finally found peace within herself and it radiates on the outside.
Tessa’s story is truly inspirational and it goes to show that self-love and acceptance can make a huge difference in our lives. Through her active courage, Tessa has managed to put herself out there in the modeling world and gain a new sense of confidence. She is also able to inspire others who are going through similar situations.