Walking, kayaking, swimming—if it’s happening outside, 39-year-old Cortney Small of Crimora, Virginia, is all in. It makes perfect sense, since she is something of a force of nature herself: After illness and infection threatened her life repeatedly, she’s fought her way back to live life to the full…and nothing’s going to hem her in.
“I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma when I was 16, and it was very serious,” Cortney recalls. “One thing they did in treating the cancer was
to remove my spleen, which impacted my immune system. So when I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 19, I had to be really careful because I knew
I wouldn’t heal from things as well as others.”
“I have back pain, and my old legs kind of forced me to walk hunched over, which didn’t help,” Cortney explains. “Now, with iFIT, I feel I stand taller and walk straighter—they just feel more sturdy. Plus, when my swelling increases or decreases, these prosthetics are very easy to adjust.”