Joe’s Left Foot…


When you get bad news, are you able to stay positive? What if the doctor said he needed to amputate your foot? Would you be able to stay positive? Joe did… and still does!

When a Reddit user named Joe made the difficult decision to let doctors amputate his left foot, the 23-year-old turned his misfortune into one big, hilarious joke. Joe suffered from pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), a condition involving joint pain, swelling, locking and instability. But before the amputation, he decided to take his foot on one more grand journey — documented in a photo album titled, “The Last Adventures of Joe’s Left Foot.” In the beginning of the album, Joe, his family and friends toss around ideas for how to rid his bad foot. “We could saw it off…” the first picture reads, with his girlfriend holding a handsaw to his leg. They could also buzz it off… with a picture of a chainsaw against his shin. Joe even went as far as to get a tattoo to mark the spot of the amputation, wrapped around the ankle with dotted lines saying “Cut Here.” Then he showed it off in places like the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. Even after the amputation, Joe kept smiling – excitedly cheering on the U.S. team in the World Cup from his hospital room. Joe does admit it’s hard to stay positive all of the time though. “There was a point a couple days ago when I became overwhelmed and lost it for about 30 minutes,” he said. “I got a good cry out and felt better since then.” But he’s already planning the next way to get a big laugh. “I am most excited about what I will be doing for Halloween,” he later wrote. “I will be dressing as a surfer and my girlfriend will be a shark.”

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