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That is the reality of living with Body Integrity Identity Disorder BIID — a psychological condition where sufferers believe that they have been born with a part of their body that should not be there. They usually have an overwhelming desire to have one of their limbs amputated but others have reported wanting to be in a wheelchair or to be blind, even though they are physically healthy. Like someone with Gender Dysphoria, they believe the body they are born with does not match their identity.
Amputation and Body Image
He is an amputee by choice. Six years ago, Karl who asked that his real name not be used sat alone in a parked car with pounds of dry ice and an obsession to destroy his legs. It filled the wastebasket with carbon dioxide gas, which was 79 degrees below zero," he said.
Kristy Wimberly has found peace at last after amputating her right leg. For years Kristy Wimberly, 32, was embarrassed by her right leg which had stopped growing at the same pace as her other when she was diagnosed with a rare spinal cord tumor, astrocytoma, at age six. Wimberly began experiencing complications with her right leg at age six. The nerves connecting her spinal cord to her leg were damaged during surgeries to remove the tumor and further compromised during a surgery to insert titanium rods in her back to treat scoliosis. The executive assistant was mocked in high school for her disability and became obsessed with concealing her leg. The mom-of-one, from St Louis in Missouri, was confined to a wheelchair and crutches for months after each surgery and was plagued with recurrent infections in wounds caused by the pressure of her brace. Kristy said her whole life was changed when she decided to have her leg amputated in July in St. Clare Hospital, and now proudly shows off her high-tech prosthetic limb with confidence. If I had to wear a dress I would always wear super long ones and I would be so self-conscious the entire time. It's so hot in Missouri especially during the summer.