Here is the story of Howard Braddock from Ohio. My journey with Arthritis began when I was about 14 years old the summer before freshman year of high school which was about 2003. I never got diagnosed but looking back now the symptoms where there, fast forward about 10 years and I got a diagnosis when I was in a car accident in 2013.
Most of the jobs I have had since college have been jobs where you have to be on your feet all day which does not help at all. Currently I work at Walmart in Ypsilanti, Michigan for about three years now. During that time I had insurance through the state of Michigan, which let me go see the good doctors at the University of Michigan. I saw a doctor that specialized in Osteoarthritis. He looked over my X-Rays and determined that I need a full hip replacement.
When I heard those words I was so scared cause I was only 26 at the time. He l would need the hip replacement within two years. It has almost been two years and my arthritis is becoming almost disabling some days. I no longer have the health insurance I had through the state so I have to wait till October to sign up for work insurance which does not kick in till January 2017. I am currently at least 200 pounds overweight for my 4’9 frame. Which most people know my body is too tiny for that much weight. In order to have the hip replacement I need to loose about 50 pounds. So I need to start that journey! I will post on Donna Jean Books about the pain, a good or bad day. Thanks for your time!