As a little girl, I remember watching my grandmother recover from two hip replacement surgeries at our house. That was in the 1960s and arthritis related research and science was not as advanced as it is today. Specifically, instead of being encouraged to move around, my grandmother was told to stay in bed. I remember that she seemed to always be in pain and always had a limp, even after the surgeries.
My mother had rheumatoid arthritis and suffered bitterly with it. My father, my sisters and I watched almost helplessly as she finished her last years confined to the house and then finally confined to her bed. I often thought my fate was set, genetically and in some respects it has been. However, the medical science has progressed tremendously since my grandmother and mother suffered from arthritis. My hips, especially my right one, have caused me much pain; so much pain that at one point I would cry with the thought of having to walk more than 10 paces, got a can, and after months of the often unbearable pain, scheduled hip replacement surgery. Due to some complications, my recover was slow, but my new hip felt fabulous almost on the very first day after surgery. I know keep moving, look forward to my regular walks and for those who have had hip replacement surgery, the absolute daily cycling. I don't know what it is about cycling, but my hips always feel great afterwards.
The Arthritis Foundation is grateful that Linda is sharing her story to raise more awareness of arthritis and we are delighted to honor her at this year's Women on the Move Luncheon.
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