Bachelor Nation’s Cam Ayala revealed he lately had his proper leg amputated following a life-long battle with lymphedema.
On Friday, the 32-year-old actuality star, who competed on season 15 of The Bachelorette and season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise, posted a number of post-surgery movies and footage, together with ones the place he’s seen utilizing a walker within the hallways of the Texas Medical Heart. After strolling again into his room, a pal could be heard encouraging Cam, saying:
“Great job, man.”
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Dubbing himself “CAMputee,” the tv persona additionally captioned the put up:
“Gotta lotta BROMENTUM with @b.rapp.”
For individuals who didn’t know, his leg amputation comes practically 20 years after he was first recognized with lymphedema. In accordance with the Mayo Clinic, lymphedema happens when the tissue swells attributable to a build-up of fluid that’s usually drained via the physique’s lymphatic system. Whereas it mostly impacts the arms or legs, it might additionally happen within the chest wall, stomach, neck, and genitals.
Cam first opened as much as followers that he was recognized with the situation in December 2018, writing on Instagram:
“This is something that I have never been public about because I never wanted sympathy or for people to feel sorry for me. In 2002 I was officially diagnosed with #lymphedema a non-curable condition that is often misdiagnosed and completely understudied by medical professionals across the [world] I was told by dozens of doctors and ‘Specialists’ that I would never be able to play competitive sports and that I would have to manage this condition for the rest of my life.”
“After visiting over 20 clinics, I was finally given some treatment options. Through manual lymphatic drainage massage, leg pumps, and custom compression garments, I was given a second chance to live a ‘normal’ life again. This didn’t come [without] countless nights of excruciating pain, swelling, and mental agony. Through the support of my family, friends, and music, I stopped focusing on my misfortunes and started prioritizing the blessings that I often took for granted.”
Years after his analysis, Cam shared within the put up that he suffered an an infection in his proper knee in 2014. This led to “13 surgical procedures” and that “the only consensus that the doctors came to was….amputation.” On the time, he admitted that the concept of dropping his leg gave him “crippling fear and anxiety.” However docs at Boston Kids’s Hospital did a diagnostic process that saved his leg from amputation in December 2016.
Now, it appears to be like like Cam is holding a constructive angle in regards to the process. We’re wishing him nothing however finest as he recovers!!
[Image via Cam Ayala/Instagram, Bachelor Nation/YouTube]