It was very difficult to do anything. I couldn't climb stairs, I couldn't stand, I couldn't even sit for a long period of time, and walking was certainly very, very difficult. The pain was so severe, I really could not continue my life as I had known it before. I felt like I was living a part time life. I have six grandchildren, and my husband and I do a lot of travelling, we have a motor home and we had to stop that.
My favourite thing is being a very big part of my grandchildren's lives, and to travel, to do gardening. I enjoy singing and I had to stop that because I couldn't stand for long periods of time. There really wasn't one moment I decided to have knee replacement, because my life just deteriorated so that I knew if I wanted to continue with any quality of life, I had to do something.
Right after the operation I knew that it had been a success, and my progress was just so wonderful, and the physical therapy, although it was a little difficult, just went beautifully. And I have my life back again. I'm living a full time life.
When I talk to people that have knee problems I say, go for it. It's given me my life back. My surgeon took me through every step of the surgery, what happens before, what happens after, and I just am so grateful to him, I will always be grateful.