Oh no! We're so sorry to hear this!
Annie Lennox has revealed that she has been battling a painful foot condition called foot drop syndrome since 2008.
As a result, her left foot is permanently numb "with constant pins and needles". She shared the handicap with her fans on Facebook, writing:
"Three years ago I found myself in the most extreme pain I've ever experienced. It turned out that I had a dropped foot, caused by my spinal column being impinged by a bulged disk. For the first time in my life, I was facing a real physical handicap, and had no idea whether I'd ever be able to walk normally again. It took months of physiotherapy to get movement back in my left foot, but gradually…painstakingly…my toes began to move again, to the point where I don't even have a perceivable limp. Now, the only drawback is that I have a permanently numb left foot, which feels as if it's stuck in a bucket of ice, with constant pins and needles. It's very strange, but somehow I've managed to adapt, and I find that I'm less aware of it than I was before."
Ugh! We couldn't imagine experiencing that, but are so happy to hear Annie is adapting.
Despite the sudden physical disability, the 56-year-old was at least grateful her feet lasted as long as they have, continuing:
"The reason I'm blogging about my feet is that I'm so grateful for the 53 years of great service they've given me. And if this hadn't happened, I would be coasting along, not realizing what a gift it is to have something I'd taken for granted all my life. Thanks to my neurosurgeon, the nurses, and my physiotherapists, I can walk quite decently."
We love the optimism! It's always a good idea to look at the bright side!
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