Let It Fly!
Connie Jenkins can do the “girly girl” thing all day long, but she can also turn on a dime and spend days at a time out in the woods, only coming back to civilization to get some laundry done, go to the grocery store and sleep a couple of nights in a “real” bed. An accomplished bow hunter, she is also a huge fan of the beach, where she spends as much time as she can when she visits her daughter and son in law who live in the Galveston area.
Connie, born in 1960, is married to Robert, a Vietnam Veteran who couldn’t be prouder of his unstoppable wife: “I have some health issues as a result of the war, and she actually is the one that takes care of me!” he declared.
Connie’s leg was amputated above the knee in 2000 as a result of her battle with fibro-sarcoma. “Fibro-sarcoma is a very rare form of cancer. Because of that, the doctors here had to consult with other physicians out of state to figure out how to treat me,” she said.
Her sense of humor never left her, even after the loss of her leg. One of her first legs featured socket art with a shark “biting off her leg”, complete with huge teeth and blood.
Getting back to the girly aspect. Connie works with local artist Rod Sims, owner of Simsonite Creations in Shreveport, to create both her socket art and t-shirts to match her interests. Look carefully at the photos and you will see a glimpse of her personal style, including the pedicure on her prosthetic foot.
About Snell’s, Connie says: “They’re amazing. I’ve been with them about 14 years and anything and everything I want, they work with me to get it. Russell is my prosthetist, and without him I wouldn’t be where I am today—that’s the honest truth. The other thing I love about Snell’s is that they really get how important my art is to me. I’m picky about it and they spend the time it takes to satisfy me.”
Connie and Robert have three surviving adult children, she lost a son at age 23. They are blessed with nine grandchildren, most of whom live in the Shreveport area.