"I was six when I first became aware of my desire to lose my legs. I don’t
remember what started it – there was no specific trigger. Most people
want to change something about themselves, and the image I have of
myself has always been one without legs.To the general public,
people like me are sick and strange, and that’s where it ends. I think
it is a question of fearing the unknown. I have something called body
identity integrity disorder (BIID), where sufferers want to remove one
or more healthy limbs."