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Topic: FINISHED (04/09/20)
TITLE: People Get it Too
By Allison Egley
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On my back, I have a sign that says I'm walking for hip dysplasia awareness. Mine was discovered when I was nine years old. Ideally, it should be caught as early as possible, before a child turns six months old. Many are not that fortunate. I had had physical delays before the hip dysplasia was discovered, but doctors don't think that's what caused my delays. After the hip dysplasia (also known as Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip or DDH) was discovered, I had major surgery on both hips. I was in a cast from my ankles to my rib cage for over a month, and, essentially, had to learn to walk again. As an adult, I had hip problems again in my late 20s, resulting in a hip replacement before I turned 30. It's my last surgery that motivated me to do what little I could to raise DDH awareness.
I'd wanted to do a 5k, but knew I'd never be able to do a race. After my hip replacement in 2013, I started trying to figure out if there was any 5ks that didn't have a time limit. I discovered The Color Run. The first year I did it, 2014 – 1 year and 2 months after my hip replacement – I did it for me. The next year, I did it in honor of a child currently battling DDH. So that first year, my sign said, "Walking for Poppy Love and Hip Dysplasia Awareness." I included a picture of "Hope the Hip Hippo," a character in a book that introduces children to hip dysplasia and its treatment in a child friendly way. A woman stopped me and asked to take a picture with me because her daughter had recognized Hope. That was enough to get me hooked.
Though I took a break from The Color Run in 2016 for the recent birth of my niece, every year since then, I've walked in honor of a child with hip dysplasia. After Poppy Love, it was Brianna. Then Georgia M., and then Kaya. The past few years, I've also included a favorite Bible verse chosen by the child or parent. Philippians 4:13 was the verse for both Georgia and Kaya.
This year, I would have walked for Nate. Unfortunately, my plans were thwarted by this new reality we all find ourselves in. Hopefully it's just a delay, and I'll get to walk for Nate this summer or fall. His verse is Philippians 4:6-7.
Every year as I walk, I get comments on my sign. "Oh, people can get hip dysplasia too?"
I just kind of smiled. I had been expecting this question, and honestly, was surprised I hadn't gotten it before. "Yes, people get it too."
It has given me opportunities to share my story with others while also raising awareness for a disorder that impacts so many families. I often say it's one of the most common disorders you've probably never heard of. So, I don't mind that so many people see my back as they pass me. The important part is that I finish. Even if it takes me nearly an hour and a half. Even if people from starting waves 2, 3, 4, and 5 pass me. Even if I never actually run any of it. At least I can finish.
I may never know the reasons that I've had the various physical problems I've had, but I feel like God has given me some purpose. If I can encourage even one child and family who is going through the uncertainties of DDH, then it's been worth it.
As I cross the finish line, it's not just for me. I finish for Poppy Love, Brianna, Georgia, Kaya, and Nate. I finish for all the other children who will start their journeys with DDH in the future. And I finish to show that God is not finished with us yet. Walk on, DDH warriors. Walk on, run on, dance on, and finish well.
All names used in this story are used with the permission of their parents.
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 (NASB) - ...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For more information about DDH, please visit https://hipdysplasia.org
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