Conquering my disability

The photograph is from timbri97 @

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a group of people standing at the end of mountain trail looking out at a scenic view of a lake and other mountains.

I wasn’t born lazy but circumstances made me so
Walking became difficult as knees deteriorated ahead of time
Constant pain and repeated episodes of swollen knees
Made me the person who sought the comfort of a cushy chair
Lucky for me fate stepped in making knee replacement an urgency
One after the other I got both the boney knees converted into metal
And began my journey towards getting fit and healthier
Today I climbed this gentle hill and stood on its top
The vista in front of my gaze gave me immense pleasure
But greater than that was the happiness to have come so far
Walking on my own legs without help or suffering pain

Written for FFFC # 157, hosted by Fandango

Also included;Tuesday Writing Prompt; Write a poem about standing up to an enemy, or an obstacle in your life.




132 thoughts on “Conquering my disability

  1. So glad that you found relief and good heath to enjoy walking unaided. The basic mobility of the use of one’s limbs is so precious and often overlooked/ taken for granted. Amen.
    An inspiring post, as always Sadje.
    Thank you for sharing your life’s journeys thus far,

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  2. Great prompt, and too, your response. I can’t imagine having knee replacements–or anything replaced. I salute you for standing up to fear–literally! Have you thought any more about posting your recipe? Not nagging, just checking 🙂

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  3. I feel the pain. I’m in awe that metal knees have helped. I can get metal knees if I say the word, but I’m not so sure my pain will be diminished but just transferred. (I have fibromyalgia and osteoporosis! Steroid shots still help, going to try what I call “the foam” next week.) How long did healing take for your knees?

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    1. I was in so much pain that I was swallowing pain meds like candy and getting ulcers. The surgery is painful for first three days but is managed by iv morphine pump. After the third day, only mild to moderate pain is left. It takes around 3 weeks to fully heal. The most important, post op thing is the pt. But in a couple of months, you will forget what it was like before.

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          1. I’m in pain all over that I really don’t want surgery. I have not been able to use anti-inflammatories due to stomach issues for 5 years now. I want them to just remove the cartilage that’s loose but they say it’s a waste of time.

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  4. Getting body parts replaced can be very useful! I know folks who have gotten new hips and knees. I was just watching a show where a woman was able to have a bone copied in a three d printer in reverse for a part of an ankle – She went for four opinions since the first three told her that it couldn’t be repaired and amputation was the only alternative. Now she, while she has some discomfort, she is walking and doing most everything that she did before her ankle was damaged in an accident.

    Continued success!

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  5. I had no idea you had coped with bad knees, Sadje. Mobility is so special. I’m glad you got yours back. I’m sure you are much healthier than when you were a couch potato. 🙂

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      1. That’s super encouraging. I now know how difficult it is to move with a bad knee. I still haven’t had my torn meniscus repaired, and may not since I’ve had this serious vein problem. Fortunately it doesn’t keep me from walking.

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            1. I did that when I was 18, and got it out when I was 20-21. The knee replacement surgery was done when I turned 50. Taking out first the right and then the left meniscus accelerated the knee problem.

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              1. I can imagine. I never felt anything so painful as tearing my meniscus. So taking it out – whew. Luckily I was old when it happened last August. So I haven’t had to live with the pain for years and years. The pain in minor and surgery can cause vein problems. I don’t look forward to making those poor veins work any harder than they already are!

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                  1. That’s what I was told six months ago. I’ve had to postpone it, so I don’t know what it would take now. I can’t do anything until my veins are clear and the filter is removed, so it’s out of my hands – or legs. 🙂

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    1. Bones tend to get frayed as we age. I got mine replaced when I was younger than the usual age because of my rheumatoid/ sero- negative arthritis. But I’m so glad I got it done.

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      1. Yes, definitely. I have some instability in my right knee at times. Little jabs of pain here and there to remind me I’m not so young anymore! Sorry to hear that you’ve had trouble with this but glad you’re not in pain now.

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