In 2010, I badly injured my knees climbing the stairs of our very tall, beautiful home in Boothbay Harbor. For several years after that, I was unable to climb stairs at all, which has been quite limiting, and forced me to stop doing many of the things I love. I saw a number of orthopedists and physical therapists with no significant improvement. Three years ago, I began to work with Mary Baudo and slowly but steadily made improvement. She made astute observations, a key being watching me walk on the hills around town. I added Pilates reformer work both in Maryland and here with Dianne Daniels last year, and some Feldenkreis this year. Diane has taught me exercises that have considerably helped my pain.
Due to their help, I can now walk the BRLT trails again, go hear music at Mine Oyster, and I just returned from a dream vacation, where I was able to walk on mountain trails, something that was unimaginable a year ago.
I want to thank them and to encourage others to persist in trying to keep moving. You may have to kiss a lot of frogs to find the right person to help you, but keep trying.
Judy Stone, MD