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“Looking back I have to ask myself why I let it go so long. Not only am I a nurse, but I used to work in orthopedics. I knew how far joint replacements had come and how quickly afterwards people could reclaim their former lives. I just couldn't imagine that at 54 I needed a hip replacement.”
54 year old Faye Satterly ran marathons in Athens, Greece, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco in her 30’s and 40’s. One day she injured her hip running and she thought it would be okay but the injury started nagging.
“For a long time it was okay. But then suddenly I couldn't walk. That was two and a half years ago. I was in denial because for me, I was too young to need a replacement.”
Despite being slowly robbed of all the activities she loved most, it didn’t occur to Faye to seek medical help. She believed with a little more Advil, rest and ice it would heal but it never did. A planned trip with her parents to Zion National Park in Utah prompted her to make a change. Faye had a consultation with Dr. John Hall and the X-rays didn't lie. She scheduled the surgery for after the trip and had a cortisone shot to bear the pain while in Utah.
Faye had surgery on a Monday and was out of bed with assistance that afternoon. “I wanted my life back. On Thursday, I was in the car on my way to my daughter’s house in Staunton. Though the incision was painful, I already knew that the hip felt better than it had in years.”
Faye headed back to Vegas for a conference soon after and was close enough to make a return visit to Zion. Her hiking boots were packed.