Kayla Stearns

When Life Gives You Lemons, Sacrifice Your Limb

Kayla Stearns never imagined slipping on the ice at work in 2017 would lead to a half-decade of constant pain leading to a below knee amputation. Kayla never imagined she would face the most painful disease known to man, complex regional pain syndrome  also known as the “Suicide Disease”. Diagnosed in December 2020, over the next several months the pain reached unbearable levels, causing intrusive thoughts of cutting her leg off and taking her own life. In September 2021, an orthopedic surgeon successfully amputated Kayla’s leg below the knee. She would need to learn how to walk again with the prosthetic, but she was overcome with joy that, finally, the pain was gone.