Seven simple words.... "Hip Dysplasia is not an Individual Diagnosis". The truth behind those words resonates loudly. While being the person consumed with pain, an unknown diagnosis for 2 years, and the physical and emotional turmoil that I endured my family was also affected. To hep increase awareness and support, my husband wrote a lovely narrative for the PAO Project Hip Dysplasia is not an Individual Diagnosis.
My husband has been the silent "Warrior". I can't express how humble and unselfish he has been over the last 2 years. He continues to keep work, the house, kids, activities, and errands together as I take a step back to heal.
Twelve years ago, we started off as an adventurous couple deep sea diving and rock climbing. Since saying "I do", we have moved 8 times, lived in 4 different states, brought 3 amazing young men into this world and continue to plan for more adventures. However, in lieu of my momentary sabbatical, at times he has had to do it all. Having experienced being a part time single parent during one of his many deployments, I empathize with how hard it is. In additional to my husband becoming the default parent, he also had to assume responsibility for my well being especially during the early stages post surgery.
Unfortunately, the emotions that caretakers go through is sadly overlooked. I hope you take a few minutes to read his narrative: Hip Dysplasia is not an Individual Diagnosis