by Rachelle, New Braunfels, Texas, USA.
I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia and a right labral tear this past July, after years of increasing right hip pain. I am currently managing the pain with steroid injections, with Total Hip Replacement looming in the near future.
I love to hike with my 2 sons and we went for a hike yesterday. We took it slow, but it was still difficult for me. I have a backpack style diaper bag I have been carrying since my oldest was a baby, I have carried it everywhere for the past 11 years.
I had 4 bottles of water and some snacks in it yesterday, not heavy, but just enough to add a little unneeded strain. Part way into our hike, my sweet 11 year old asked if I wanted him to carry it, and I handed it over. He smiled, took my hand and said “you carried my stuff, now I can carry yours” .
I kept limping along, gripping his hand, tears streaming down my face. I hate having dysplasia, but yesterday was a great reminder of all I have to be thankful for.
It is all worth it, every painful step.