After serving as a firefighter for 27 1/2 years, it’s easy to see how I would start having joint problems - more specifically in my knees. The gear I had to wear, the rigorous training, and the overall demands of the job wore my knees out. In the last 15 years the pain has gotten consistently worse.
I grew up in Sheffield, AL, but years later moved to Las Vegas, NV with my family, living there for 17 years. I have danced all my life and now teach as well as judge competitions. Over time, my active lifestyle as a dancer has made me more prone to different injuries, especially in my knees.
At the young age of 13, I had my first surgery on my left kneecap while I was still living in Sheffield. The surgery lasted me about 25 years until I started to feel swelling again.