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.