If you found out that you foot needed to be amputated, you’d probably be scared, angry and little anxious, right?
Well, a 23-year-old man named Joe Pleban decided to take another route when he found out about this “setback.” Pleban, who clearly has a sense of humour, created a Facebook page called “The Last Adventures of Joe’s Left Foot,” where he chronicled, you guessed it, the short-lived life of his foot.
Pleban is a fairly active guy. He runs, plays rugby and snowboards, but because he was born with a rare joint disease called pigmented villonodular synovitis, which caused benign tumors to develop in his left ankle, it’s been slowing him down.
After going through three leg surgeries, he decided enough was enough. He made the decision to amputate his foot and get a prosthetic one. Pretty brave stuff. And since the surgery was slated to happen in a month’s time, it gave him the opportunity to take advantage of his foot before it was gone for good.
He and his girlfriend Johnna Hetrick, 27, created a bucket list of fun things to do and updated the Facebook page regularly to keep their friends and family in the loop. Here are some of the things he and his foot did:
Got a tattoo that said “please cut here”:
Almost got shot with paintballs by Joe’s girlfriend:
And pretended to be pegged-legged while on vacation:
Alas, the fun adventure of Joe’s foot had to come to an end. Luckily Joe was armed with (almost 1,000) Facebook supporters. He went into surgery and came out just fine — without a foot, yes, but with his humour firmly intact.
And while Pleban eagerly awaits his new prosthetic foot, he clearly shows that he won’t take this setback sitting down.