I can’t believe that I’m planning my last three walks on the South Downs Way! As ‘WalkingJill’ I have walked over 80 miles with hip dysplasia and have just 18 miles left to go.
Last weekend I walked another 14.5miles, and on the first day I was joined by two friends. I was born with hip-dysplasia and it was obvious immediately that my hips weren’t normal.
Yesterday I made it to the 66-mile mark on the South Downs Way. I’m walking to raise awareness of hip dysplasia – a condition like over 1 in 1000 people that I was born with.
One week after my most difficult walk, I was back in the Amberley valley feeling much more relaxed. This walk was to be an exciting one, because it took me past the half-way point of the South Downs Way.
Yesterday I walked 11.5 miles of the South Downs Way to Amberley.
It’s always difficult to know our limits and of course we don’t know what they are until we find them.
I just got back from a swim to try and reset myself from my latest walk, two days ago. As well as my right knee getting more and more painful,
People often ask me if it hurts to walk. The answer is ‘sometimes’. Funnily enough, since I had my hip
replacement, the one part of my body I rarely feel pain is in that left
Wow. What a year 2018 has been for me and my hips. I celebrated my Birthday three days ago, 47 years after I was born with hip dysplasia. This time last year I never imagined that I’d have walked a 10K race and 24.5 miles of the South Downs Way.
Yet here I am having just completed two more days and 12.5 miles walking my hips along the South Downs Way. I’m very grateful that I have the mobility, time and support to do so.