Mandy Sellars: The Woman With Giant Legs

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    Mandy Sellars was born on February 20, 1975 in England. "When I was born, they knew straight away that there was something completely different about me," Sellars told FOXNews.com. They actually didn't let my parents see me." Doctors were alarmed because Sellars was born with abnormally large legs and feet.

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    The doctors didn't come up with a diagnosis for Mandy until she was about two years old when her parents were told she had lymphedema. The problem was ... it was the wrong diagnosis.

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    Still, more than 30 years later, doctors have still not officially diagnosed Sellars with a specific condition, although some believe she has a rare and sporadic disorder called Proteus Syndrome, a condition also thought to have affected the "Elephant Man," Joseph Merrick. This syndrome is "characterized by the progressive abnormal growth of body tissues," the National Institutes of Health said on its Web Site. The cause of Proteus Syndrome is unknown.

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    Although Sellars was faced with great challenges as a child, she didn't let it slow her down. "I wasn't really held back in anything," she said. "I could run around and play soccer and play outside with my friends at home... even climb trees and things like that. So to me, it was just like an average childhood really."

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    Sellars excelled in school and eventually went to college to study graphic design -- eventually taking courses in sociology, psychology and criminology.

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    Mandy and her mom at the park.

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    Even as a child, Mandy didn't let her condition get in the way of what she wanted to do. "As a child, the condition didn't really stop me at all," she said. "I didn't have any limitations at all."

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    Mandy is shown celebrating her 21st birthday with her family.

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    Nine years later, Mandy is shown celebrating her 30th birthday with her mom and dad.

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    Mandy is shown posing with her friends Terri and Jordan.

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    Sellars is your typical, single 34-year-old woman. She loves to go the movies, hang out with her friends, go out for lunch and have a good 'chat.' She also volunteers at the local animal shelter.

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    Currently, Sellars weighs 280 pounds with her legs tipping the scales at more than 120 pounds each. Still, she drives a specially equipped car and lives on her own.

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    As for the future, Sellars is facing some tough decisions. Because her legs continue to grow larger and larger, the only option she has been offered is amputation.

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    "My goal is to keep on walking as long as I can," Sellars said. "That's the goal from today, tomorrow, the next day, next week and next month. Obviously having my legs amputated is quite scary ... but I always look at it in a way that once I have my legs amputated it will be a new kind if life ... it won't be any better or any worse from the life I have now ... it will just be a different life and a start of a new chapter."

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