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    Gorham's Elisha Morgan suffers from chronic pain as a result of a rare limb disorder.

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    John and Elisha Morgan at Sebago Lake in 2003.

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    Elisha Morgan hiking Tumbledown Mountain in 2002.

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    The Morgan family – from left, John, Eleanor, Ashley and Elisha – relax at their Gorham home. “As a parent, you’re supposed to be bringing everyone forward,” says Elisha Morgan, and because of her chronic pain, “I was always the one holding everyone back.”.

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    Elisha Morgan sits with her daughter Ashley at home in June, about 12 weeks after she had her left foot amputated. For a few days after Morgan returned home, the sight of her missing foot frightened her children, but soon they were back to demanding her attention.

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    Morgan makes her way around to the drivers seat after loading her wheelchair into her car.

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    Three-year-old Ashley helps her mother, Elisha Morgan, load crutches and a wheelchair into Morgan’s car in June. After her surgery, Morgan also got help from her co-workers at Idexx Laboratories and her husband’s colleagues at Westbrook High School, especially with meals.

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    Morgan, who has suffered for years with chronic pain, uses a wheelchair to move around her home.

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    Elisha Morgan, at home in Gorham, suffered for years with chronic pain before seeking out a surgeon to amputate her foot, giving her a new lease on life. She has experienced no phantom pain from the missing limb.

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    Ashley holds her mother's legs while the family plays outside their Gorham home.

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    Morgan drives herself to AtlanticProCare to be fitted for a prosthesis.

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    Cunningham a prosthetist with AtlanticProCare looks over Elisha Morgan's leg as she is being fit for a prosthetic.

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    Jerald Cunningham a prosthetist with AtlanticProCare fits Morgan for a prosthetic at AtlanticProCare in Portland.

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    Morgan is overcome with emotion after being fitted with a prosthetic.

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    Eleanor and Ashley look at their mother's new prosthetic during a session at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.

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    Cunningham watches as Morgan takes her first steps with a new prosthetic.

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    Morgan takes her first steps with a new prosthetic at AtlanticProCare as Cunningham a prosthetist look.

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    Five months after choosing to amputate her foot, Morgan lifts her daughter Eleanor with her husband, John, as Ashley looks on during a family walk.

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