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While getting over being able to play basketball was difficult, missing out on those Saturday mornings hanging out with everything was tougher to get over.
We collectively wanted to let the audience know that treating osteoarthritis involves more than treating just the affected joint(s).
At 28, I was diagnosed with early onset, chronic osteoarthritis in my right ankle. Now, at 39, I’ve been through 2 surgeries.
"It’s now been two months since I completed the hike. I have yet to find a new activity I really feel passionate pursuing, but I’m not going to rush anything."
"I was less than a mile into the hike and already I wanted to quit. Frustrated, mad and dejected hardly summed up my feelings."
I must have been crazy, yet there I was, planning a 10-day, 75-mile backpacking trek on the High Sierra Trail through the Sierra Mountains in eastern California — by myself.
CJ blogger Ryan reminds us to focus on the positive and to think about what we can do instead of what we can't.
Being young with osteoarthritis has many challenges. Learn how Ryan has dispelled the stigma and found treatments that work for him.