Hello, my name is Darrell and I just discovered this website, I am glad it is available to read. I was born in 1958(Baby Boomer), with bilateral clubfoot in a small CA town.
The hospital was ill equipped to handle a case like me so I was sent to Children’s hospital Los Angeles. The initial prognosis to my father was that I would never walk. After many initial trial and error surgeries, I did walk. I initially received 15 surgeries, multiple casts,leg braces, and special shoes. I entered public school in the 2nd grade and immediately became a punching bag to all bullies because I walked on my toes and wore special braces.
School was a horrible experience for me and learning was tough so by the time I graduated, I had enough and didn’t go on to college instead entering the workforce. I had additional surgeries to correct my feet and legs when I was able to get work health insurance. I am now 57 years old and I have had 35 corrective surgeries in my lifetime to include a fused left ankle with screws and rods and a replaced left knee that became a problem after the fusion. I have been forced to leave my employer due to osteoarthritis in my feet, legs, knees, and lower back. As a senior data programmer I can no longer sit at a desk and the serious pain medication I take reduces my cognitive abilities. I have applied for SSDI support and long term disability insurance through my employer. I have fought the good fight but I cannot do the work I know how to do anymore. I walk with help from cane for short distances and I am in constant chronic pain.
I have read some of the stories on this site and can’t help but wonder how my life would have been if I was born later when more information was available on corrective techniques. Thank you again for this site to get this off of my chest to people that understand.
Peace and blessings