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What are you Resisting?

When I finally went to the orthopedic surgeon after experiencing 3 months of hip pain, I was expecting to discuss arthroscopic surgery for a labrum repair. Instead, he said, “I can fix your labrum, but that won’t take care of your problem. You need a hip replacement”. I responded in shock with, “OMG! Are you kidding me? Hip replacement? I take great care of myself, I’m active and flexible! Are you sure?”

Apparently, the demographic for hip replacements has changed since I was in nursing school and is no longer reserved for those 70 and older. In fact, there is a drastic increase in active 40 and 50 year-old women who wear out their hip joints. I frantically began interviewing every young female hip replacement patient I could find, saw two more surgeons and pursued alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, and deep tissue massage.

Even though my pain did improve, I could not get back to my normal level of activity, most significantly, yoga. I don’t like to live with ANY limitation and not being able to practice the yoga postures is a really big deal for me. Virtually all of my friends and family told me (even if I didn’t ask), “Just have the surgery and get it over with! You’ll be glad you did!”

I was Resisting the reality of needing a hip replacement. Resistance shows up in a number of ways and I was experiencing most of them:

  • Fear
  • Self-doubt
  • Uncertainty
  • Distraction
  • Procrastination
  • Rationalization
  • Criticism
  • Denial
  • Perfectionism
  • Blame

To work through Resistance, and move forward we must first acknowledge it. Even though I don’t really want a hip replacement, I decided I don’t want to live with my current limitations even more. I scheduled my surgery for May and actually feel relieved to have made a decision.

What are you Resisting?

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