“Doc up to challenge
Twenty-two broken bones, three concussions, three knee surgeries, a left rotator cuff surgery, two neck surgeries, plates with screws and a piece of my hip included.
No, I was not in a car wreck – just being a full-time women’s and girls’ self-defense expert and a martial artist for over 26 years is not easy on the body, especially for a 5-foot-2, 120-pound woman.
I was told by my doctor seven years ago on the East Coast, after the second surgery, I would have to get a knee replacement soon. So I opted for a big metal knee brace for seven years.
Then it happened. The day finally came when I asked around to see who was the best of the best here, and I was told Dr. Richard Cunningham.
A big “thank you” for that advice. You were all right. The first thing I said to Cunningham is “I am not a good patient. I am fully booked through Nov. 11. My book is released on April 12. My first signing is in May, and Safe House films is going to be directing a theatrical movie about my life. My first seminars start on April 5, and is this going to be outpatient?”
Of course, that got a big smile out of Cunningham.
My surgery was March 7th for a partial knee replacement, and I was on the plane to San Diego State University to teach 110 young college students rape-escape techniques four weeks and four days later. Three months late, I was certifying black belts from 23 states and Australia at the Century Martial Arts SuperShow in Las Vegas.
I just finished my last seminar for this year on Nov. 9. It was my 171st seminar I completed in the last eight years with more than 15,000 women and girls to date and now the Girl Scouts with the first statewide initiative Fight Like a Girl Scout.
No one can be a success on their own. When you depend on your body for your job, make your first appointment with Vail Summit Orthopaedics.
Thanks so much, everyone involved. I can’t remember all of your names, but I remember your kindness, and I highly recommend Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Vail Valley Medical Center.
A big “thank you” to Cunningham and to Mary Witt, my physical therapist!
I couldn’t have done it without everyone involved. This valley is full of kind people. I just wanted everyone to know how much I appreciated everything, neighbors, friends – just everyone!”
-Partial Knee Replacement