I want to tell my readers a little information about myself, my history and the purpose of this blog before I get started.
I am a 41-year-old woman residing in the beautiful state of North Carolina. I never married nor do I have any human children. My children are my two beautiful cats (as of 2014 3 cats). I refer to them as ‘my babies’ because I treat them like babies and they act like babies. They are completely spoiled. I enjoy reading, traveling (not so much lately) and being outdoors. Currently I work at a major health insurance company. I have a medical accommodation that allows me to work from home every day so I rarely go to the office (or anywhere else for that matter). I work from home. I have a great sense of humor and I am funny (not sure if that will translate in writing though). I am working towards a MS in education with a focus in psychology.
I am not a medical doctor nor am I a spiritual guru however I chose to write a blog about bow legs and arthritis because I have a lot of experience with both. And I use my spirituality along with many other alternative pain management techniques to lessen my pain as well as prevent me from losing my mind.
I was born very bowlegged and as a result I developed arthritis in both knees in my early teens. Arthritis has been a part of my daily life for a very long time. Every site I have read discusses arthritis as a condition for the elderly. However, there are many people with arthritis that are much, much younger. Being younger does not make the condition any less severe or painful. In many ways its worse when a young person develops the condition because it can be debilitating. It changes your life completely. The past 6 years arthritis dominated my life to an extent that I could not ever imagine (I’ll discuss in more detail in my blogs).
In my lifetime I had 8 surgeries related to my legs or knees. Currently, I need a partial knee replacement on both knees. The right leg is more bowed than the left and sustained more damage. My right knee hurts to some degree every day. The left knee is better than the right but not by much. I affectionately call my left leg/knee the good leg.
Each surgery is different from the other in regards to recovery time, physical therapy, and pain level. The one thing they all have in common is that they all taught me something different. The daily struggles, surgeries and pain I endured taught me many valuable lessons about myself, life, health, happiness and perseverance. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences with others and perhaps helps someone else experiencing a similar situation.
I hope this page will not only give information about bow legs and arthritis but also serve as a support to others living in pain. I will provide information about bow legs, arthritis, pain management including but not limited to spiritual and emotional well-being, supplements, exercise…..
This blog is not a doom and gloom place because I am not a doom and gloom person. I will share some sad and sometimes funny stories. The purpose of the stories is not to wallow in pity but to share the lesson learned.
I hope you enjoy my blog. I look forward to your comments and feedback.