I am a 73 year old woman who has begun to have arthritis in my knees.  Walking for the last two years has been quite painful, so I haven’t done much.  But more and more I hear that it is far better to walk WITH the pain than to give up and get weaker.

Not sure if the pain will go away, but my hope is that I will get stronger and better able to move through it.  After spending a month in Norway where, unless you are indoors, you are either walking UP or walking DOWN, I’ve decided to tackle the hill near my house.  It’s a pretty steep hill; I suppose I should measure the steep part with the car, but I’m thinking it must be maybe half a mile of steepness.   From my house to the top of that hill is a mile and a half.

I used to love hiking and backpacking, and I have a friend with whom I have been hiking for the past several years, and the last two have been a disappointment for both of us.  I look forward to some good hikes again this summer.


4 Responses to “About”

  1. Kerry Dwyer 02/12/2012 at 5:06 am #

    I admire your courage. I love walking but have had to stop for a while due to tendinitis in my hip. My mother has arthritis in her knees and I know the pain that she goes through when she tries to walk even short distances.

    Good luck with the walking.


    • mandosaturn 02/17/2012 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks, Kerry.

      The hardest thing for me is the concept that it’s OK to walk through pain. And it’s not always anything like excruciating, it’s just kind of always THERE.

      Best of luck to you and your mother too.

  2. healthdemystified 04/19/2012 at 5:08 pm #


    Just wanted to personally let you know that I mentioned you in my most recent post at healthdemystified.com, because I just wanted to thank you for what you’ve done to both support my blog and inspire the world with your story of what it’s like to live with arthritis.

    I’ve also included a backlink over here to your blog, so that hopefully more people will be able to be inspired by your posts.


    • Gimpwalker 04/19/2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Thanks, Eric. I still don’t have this blogging thing down very well, but I appreciate your kind words.

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