One year after

Looking back a year after my total knee replacement, what have I learned?  I realise I’m fortunate. I didn’t have a terminal illness or a long term condition but end stage arthritis in one knee that could be fixed. Before the operation my world had narrowed and now it has widened out again and I am so thankful. I had lost my ability not only to walk straightforwardly out of the door but also part of my identity; my sense of independence and freedom and adventure.

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  • Month 12 after the TKR

    It was a year since my total knee replacement at the end of the month and I’ve come full circle. I celebrated by walking over ten miles through the Cotswold countryside. This was my target and will put me in good stead for walking up a mountain later in the year. It’s been the culmination

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  • Mango, halloumi salad

    Mango and halloumi salad is one of my favourites as it tastes so fresh and summery, but in fact, it can be eaten all the year round. A pack of halloumi lasts a long time in the fridge and so it can easily be brought out and combined with anything else going to make a

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  • Sticky toffee loaf cake

    Sometimes you just need cake. In fact, my children say I offer cake as an answer to everything. This sticky toffee cake with fudge icing is one of my favourites. It contains dates and pecan nuts and is moist but easy to cut and carry about. I made it recently for a big outdoor picnic

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  • Month 11 after the TKR

    The world expands so much once you have an orthopaedic operation such as a total knee replacement. I can now walk into the middle of the countryside far away from a road and experience the landscape and the peace and quiet.  This has always been so important to me ever since I moved to London

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  • Pea and avocado dip

    This pea and avocado dip can be whizzed up very quickly in a food processor or with a stick blender so it’s ideal when you’re tired or can’t stand up for long. I often have it with some tomatoes, cucumber sticks and slices of red pepper for lunch. Pitta crisps make a good alternative.

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  • Leek and celery soup

    This leek and celery soup is one I make all the time. The exact weight of ingredients doesn’t matter, as whatever you use, it will work out fine.  I freeze it in one portion sizes so there’s always something to have for lunch, including a work packed lunch if you have access to a microwave.

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  • Month 10 after the TKR

    April was the tenth month after my total knee replacement and I could walk much further. After the holiday in Cornwall, which gave me more confidence in the distances that I could manage, I went back to see the physiotherapist. My Range of Movement has now gone up to 117, the highest ever. She thinks there’s

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  • The Four Pillar Plan

    I bought  ‘The Four Pillar Plan’  in January 2018 when it first came out and it formed the basis of my philosophy  to become fitter before my total knee replacement. It’s just so sensible and achievable and written in a professional and empathetic way.

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  • Pear and blue cheese

    This pear, walnut and blue cheese salad is a hardly a recipe, more a compilation of ingredients which can all be switched round. You can use watercress or rocket and any other salad leaves, any blue cheese you have such as Stilton, Gorgonzola or Dolcelatte.

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