This post was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last year my mother passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I haven’t really talked about it much on the blog because it has been quite difficult to find the words. As my mother was going through treatment, in and out of the hospital, for almost a year, Dan and I spent a lot of time with her and my family.
During this time, Dan was struggling with a new position at work and also dealing with his Bipolar disorder. With my mother being ill, this wasn’t a very happy time for him. The last piece of advice my mom gave him was to be happy now. Don’t wait until the future to do the things you want to do. You never know when something like her disease will happen and you don’t want regrets. Fortunately, this is how she lived her life. She and my dad traveled a lot and created many wonderful memories in their marriage. Dan and I hope to do the same.
Time with my dad
A few years ago, my dad started having pain in his knee and his hip on one side. It caused him to limp and lean to the right to compensate. Slowly we watched as he would withdraw from activities due to the pain. He would sit and watch when we would play outside with my niece, and he didn’t attend events that required too much walking.
I remember going pumpkin picking one year with Dan, my sister, my niece and my mom. My dad didn’t come because he would have a hard time getting on and off of the hayride and meandering through the field of pumpkins. My mother loved going pumpkin picking with my niece. The two of them together made every get together an event to remember. I remember that year, and I remember that my dad wasn’t there. His life was on pause, and he missed out.
Time to hit play
Finally, my mom convinced him to see a doctor and do something about the pain. Over the course of a year and a half, he had both a knee and a hip replacement. After physical therapy, he was up and moving around like he used to. He could be happy now. When the next pumpkin picking came along, he was there…and has been every year after. Last year we went for the hayride the weekend after my mother’s funeral. My mom was sorely missed, but I was thrilled that my dad was there creating new memories with us as a family. Dan and I hope to create more wonderful memories with him!
Here is another story like my dad’s:
Is one of your parents living with knee or hip pain? Does it seem as if their life is on pause? Encourage them to see a doctor to discuss solutions like my dad did. Help them “Hit Play” and enjoy life again. Let them know that you want to create more wonderful memories with them! Then head over to the Time to Hit Play site and use the Physician Locator to find a doctor near you. Don’t keep missing out! See what solutions are available for knee or hip pain.
Is anything keeping you from creating wonderful memories with your parents? What are you going to do about it?