Because of my orthopaedic care, I can now ride a bike and take my dogs for a walk.

It was the beginning of the year 2011, a fresh start with new goals and plenty of fun adventures, memories, and laughter. Though, something happened to me that would not only change my life for the next 12 months, but also leave an impact for the rest of my life. I am a seventeen-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a very rare cancer. I was completely blindsided by the diagnosis. With the extreme care of my surgeon, Dr. Jeff Eckardt, I am now able to get back into my normal routine of activities and begin living my life again. I had a total femur removal, including half of a hip replacement and a total knee replacement. I’ve had many months filled with vigorous recovery time and still continuing to this day; but it is all worth it because this surgery saved my life. My life has changed, for the better, because of my orthopaedic surgery. I thank everyone dearly who was involved in making it possible. You will forever be in my heart.

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My Second First

Because of my orthopaedic care, I can now ride a bike and take my dogs for a walk.



  1. Leonora Nunez

    Hi Allie
    Sorry to hear about your encounter with cancer:( I was also diagnosed at the age of 17 with osteosarcoma in 2004 and underwent a total hip replacement to remove tumor in hip and a year of chemo. I am now 38, what a blessing, but have had numerous hip replacements with long rod in femur and a plate on mesial femur. I had a slip and fall accident in 2013 fractured rod in leg and shattered distal femur. Underwent surgery to resect broken section of rod, had an additional plate added to distal femur and allograft at nonunion site which did not take. Had to have an additional surgery to add synthetic bone, which also did not take. I had an iliac bone crest harvest to add bone to non union site in 2/25/16. 6 week follow up showed signs of callous formation, however i now feel like either my knee is giving out or my hip has loosened:,( I have an appointment coming up with my orthopedic surgen 5/18/16. Im kind of scared that I will be told that I will need a total hip, knee, and femur replacement. Need to know what to expect as far as long term outcome if you are willing to tell me how you are doing? If so can you please email me

  2. Nicole Gilmore

    Wow! I thought by now there would be alternative ways yo remove yhe tumor from the femur. I too had osteosarcoma of the femir in 1983. I am now 46 years old. I have had 2 hip and femoral replacements since my initial surgery. I am very mobile, though no running and limited range of motion in my knee (I cant sit on my knees). What troubles me most is the muscle loss due to surgery. The difference in size and length compared to the left leg has become more noticeable each year. I am thankful to MSKCC for making me cancer free.

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