8 months ago I had a total hip replacement at age 45. I had intense hip pain for about 8 years but managed it with ultrasound guided hip injections to try to keep up my active lifestyle. This was attributed to ballet, overuse, and genetics/developmental abnormality (CAM and impingement). 2017 it became unbearable, I couldn’t walk or sleep and was miserable on crutches for 4 months. Post-op there were 10 days of self administered abdominal injections of blood thinner (not fun) and several weeks of physical therapy. My amazing husband and kids took such good care of me after putting up with my cranky self for so long. There is nothing I won’t do for my family. SO Thankful for the prayers, love, meals, rides for my kids, notes, and support from our friends. I am so grateful to have my life back although my body doesn’t look the way I would like it to sometimes, and I have yet another big scar, I love and appreciate my body for being strong and pain free. I now have an even stronger empathy for handicapped people who must live their lives this way. The day I got to trash those crutches and handicap tag was total joy. I just finished 60 minutes of Zumba and have already hit 10K steps and it’s not even noon!