Me, it turns out. On my 29th birthday my knee swelled up after a run, and it kept puffing up after any sort of intense activity, such as jump roping, or even carrying a heavy bag downstairs. It took a year of visiting different orthopedists to figure out what was going on: apparently, after a good 17 years of dance training–several of them intense–I’d worn down the cartilage behind my patellas (knee caps) resulting in pretty sever arthritis. I’ve since learned a lot about how to manage it–strengthening certain leg muscles with biking; stretching others with a foam roller; and learning to do yoga in a way that protects my joints. I’m happy to say that I’ve been free of all swelling for almost six months now.
But that’s not the good news!
After I told my editors at Prevention about my condition, and mentioned that my mother suffered from arthritis as well, we were asked to be the first mother daughter duo in a new column addressing hereditary conditions. We were both interviewed about our arthritis, and then an orthopedist weighed in on what we should do to prevent each of our conditions from getting any worse.
Every good story also has good photos. So, a couple of months ago my mother flew in from Oklahoma and we got to take part in a full-blown photo shoot. I’ve directed from behind the camera a bunch, but this was my first time in front of the lens. (As our deputy photo editor will tell you, I still tried to direct, despite my new role as “model.”)
First there was hair and makeup.
And then wardrobe.
We had so much fun goofing around and playing on set.
Prevention doesn’t have a link to the article up online, but it’s in the May 2011 issue. The one with the AMAZING photo of Sheryl Crow on the cover! Here are the two photos they chose to run in the piece: