Korrin - Living Possibility
Korrin was extremely fortunate to have had an amazing employer and colleagues who ensured she was able to return to work. With extensive renovations to the office and an assistant she was able to perform her duties as Traffic & Transport Manager on the APLNG Pipelines Project where she worked until the contract ended in August 2014. Returning to work was a huge step and extremely exhausting but it renewed a sense of purpose and she was extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to return to the project and the job she loved so dearly.
In September 2014 Korrin was required to have another major surgery where there were no guarantees it would be successful. After numerous hospital stays due to bowel blockages from the ilieostomy her surgeon decided to try and do a reversal of the ilieostomy and create a j-pouch. If successful this would return a huge amount of independence and allow Korrin to focus on getting her health, fitness and life back. The operation was a success however she has now developed severe ulcerative colitis resulting in fatigue, pain and more hospital stays but being the positive person she is she refuses to let it beat her!
Rehabilitation has been an ongoing process and will be a requirement for the rest of her life. Walking on 2 prosthetic legs requires up to 80% more energy than the average person requires to walk not to mention the back pains and inability to use a walking aid due to not having hands. Korrin was extremely active before losing her limbs and saved everything she could to pay for a set of active legs just to allow her to walk long distances and compete in fun runs/walks like the Bridge to Brisbane race that she completed in 2014 and 2015 raising much needed funds for Crohns & Colitis Australia and the 14km City2Surf in Sydney raising awareness for You Move Me.
Korrin has always been someone who puts others needs before her own but now it is time for her to raise funds for her own needs and she requires your help! In 2016 Korrin underwent osseointegration surgery on both legs! This has been life changing as it has returned independence, she can now put on and take off her legs in seconds, stand for long periods of time and walk further without as much fatigue. With donations to date, Korrin was also able to purchase a Bebionic muscle powered arm and this has been amazing in returning some of the basic motor skills she lost with losing her right hand. As with everything these things cost money and with only a 3 year warranty on prosthetics have to be replaced regularly...this is where you come in, every dollar helps!
Korrin is someone who believes that good should come from every situation and she has a huge focus on helping others, whether they are amputees or not. She aspires to coach, mentor and inspire others through motivational speaking, peer support in schools, competing in charity fun runs/walks and social media to help them overcome adversity, grow and believe they can achieve anything. Having the ability to be independent, more mobile and more active will not only change her life but the lives of everyone she meets along the way.
Life decided she should live life unlimbited but she chooses to Live Life Unlimited.
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and thank you for all of your support xx
My surgery was separated into 2 stages due to having very short tibia bones and therefore allowing the maximum time for the implants to fuse to the bone. Stage 1 was on 1st June and Stage 2 exactly 6 weeks later to the day on July 13th! What an experience...I won't repeat everything I've already written but please feel free to click on the Facebook link above to read my blogs, it's a public page so you don't need to have a Facebook account.
I do think I experienced every emotion and level of pain imaginable in those 6 weeks between stages! Suddenly I had these titanium implants inside my legs and had to prepare myself mentally, emotionally and physically for the next stage! I initially spent the first 3 weeks after Stage 1 at Macquarie University Hospital (MUH) and then 3 weeks at home confined to my wheelchair. We then travelled back to Sydney on the 12th of July and I was admitted back into MUH ready for Stage 2. The 2nd surgery took 20 minutes and didn't feel a thing!!! If I didn't have these fancy rods sticking out of the ends of my residual limbs I wouldn't have believed I'd even had surgery! Everything went well and after a week I was transferred to Hills Private for further rehabilitation, unfortunately this didn't quite go to plan and eventually I was transferred back to MUH where I spent the next 2 weeks loading my body weight onto the rods and then on Friday 29th of July I stood up on my new legs for the first time and took my first steps!!!!
From that day forward I've been working on my leg, core and back strength as I now use a whole new set of muscles compared to walking on my old prosthesis. I also have to use a bionic arm in order to use crutches so getting my head around that has been hard work too...4 years with no arm and suddenly I have this predator looking device that I can control with the muscles in my forearm...craziness!
I've been home for a week and a half now and I use a forearm support frame around home. This just means that every time I stand up I don't have to put my arm on then get up onto crutches just to walk 5 metres but I'll get the hang of the whole arm / crutches thing soon enough. I am finding the legs have given me so much independence already and in the future I hope to have wet legs made to enable me to shower independently and swim etc.
I really wanted to thank each and every one of you for the support so far...financially every dollar donated has helped me achieve this goal and although it's going to be many months of hard work ahead I know I'll look back on this time and appreciate the work that was involved to get me walking again more naturally, pain free and with a more independence.
Please also feel free to visit my website www.korrin.com.au as I'm working on keeping that updated with blogs, media articles and events too.
This wouldn't be possible without the amazing support I've received so far both personally and financially! Thank you all so very much xxx
I met with the amazing Munjed Al Muderis and his team on Thursday in Sydney and after numerous X-rays, CT scans, assessments and a 6 minute walk test I was given the all-clear. I now have to undergo a week to 2 weeks of 'prehab' Physio sessions before the surgery and then book a date in June or July this year. If you missed the Inside Story episode on Munjed and the innovative surgeries he performs you can watch it on the 9Now app on your iPhone or iPad (it's not android supported yet unfortunately)!
I'm really excited about what the future holds for me but I wouldn't even have this opportunity if it wasn't for all of your incredible support, donations and well wishes so I thank you all from the bottom of my heart xxx
It's been a while since I posted an update so thought I would let you all know I'm booked in for my clinical assessment in Sydney for Osseo on 4th Feb and from there we'll set a surgery date!
At the clinic I'll have numerous tests done to ensure suitability and they'll answer the 50,000 questions I have but hopefully it'll be all good to go for sometime this year! I'm so looking forward to the opportunity of even further independence that this surgery will bring and to meeting the amazing team in Sydney.
Thanks again for all of the amazing support so far, you all mean the world to me xxx