I was born in Vladimir, Russia, and adopted at the age of two and a half from a Russian orphanage. I was born with an uncommon and complex congenital birth defect called, proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD). PFFD is a deficiency that affects the development of the pelvis, particularly the hip bone, and the proximal femur. I was fitted with my first prosthesis at the age of 4 and have used one ever since.
I was not only fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities and sports, but to have a perspective that made me want to try anything and everything, especially when I was told I couldn’t. I stayed active with trying a variety of things including: soccer, horseback riding, gymnastics, cheerleading and skiing. However. halfway through high school and going into college, staying active was much more difficult. I started going to physical therapy because I started feeling discomfort and was tense throughout my body. I was referred by a PT to check into Nashville Prosthetics where I found out about Amputee Blade Runners. I never have enjoyed the process of walking and never thought running would be an actual option until now. Amputee Blade Runners has brought light back into my life and has given me the motivation start moving again – not only physically, but mentally too!