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My first book

After all the books I have read, I have finally published my own, Surviving Hip Surgery Ten Things You Need to Know. You may visit my author page on Amazon at  ,                                                                                             


I am amazed that I was able to finish writing a book within the four months of having my surgery. My motivation was that while my experiences were fresh, I was able to produce a first-hand account of being a patient having a worn-out hip, having hip replacement surgery and being in recovery. My experiences are unique to me, but I feel the lessons learned are worth sharing. There is quite a bit of preparation and education before surgery. My book takes it further to steps you need to do for your own wellbeing.

I was laid up months before I had surgery so when I finally had the surgery, I was weak and debilitated. I had requested home health care, or a short term stay in a rehab facility. I was clearly and repeatedly denied both by the surgeon. Post op, I failed to thrive leading to a cascade of unfortunate events. At the time two of my sons worried that the end was near for me. It wasn’t.

I spent nine days in a rehab facility. I was able to regain the necessary strength I needed for a good recovery. I returned to my physical therapists and have been working diligently with them up until now where I am now in classes in the warm water pool and start a course of Tai Chi next week.

So, you can see why I would want to relate my story and the important steps for a successful experience. I will be four months out Sunday. I am seriously grateful for my now. It is a good place to be. Sunny home, bread making projects, planning garden projects, back to work on my RA book and my Mercy Girls book. Life is good.


    • Thanks. I have two others I am working on. I needed to finish this partially because it was fresh in my mind and because it was closure on a tough life’s experience.

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  1. I read a sample of your book on Amazon. What beautiful descriptions of your view and gardens! Just lovely. Ironically, my husband and I are staying just down the road from you tonight on our way to Phoenix. We are in Socorro.


    • Thank you for your comments. Our weather has been unseasonably warm. Feels good, but miss the rain. We are having a severe drought.

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  2. Rick Phillips says

    Congratulations. Publishing a book is super cool. I hope you sell 2 million copies.


    • Thanks, Rick. I hope so too. Now I’m back to writing my original book. The subject matter will be a nurse’s guide to rheumatoid arthritis.

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