Ann Claire

On February 26, 1998, I was born. That same day, my parents received word that I had hip dysplasia. In 1998, they did not have the medical research they have now. They were told I would never be able to walk– wheel chair bound or AT BEST, walk with a limp and cane.

I was an infant when it happened… I was born two weeks late to my petite mother. Hip Dysplasia had never been in our family, until me. I wore a brace around my entire body. I have the scars to prove it…

To this day, on February 26, every year, my grandmother sends pictures to the doctor who delivered me. She reminds them that I was once “bed ridden” but now am a walking legacy.

Legacy sounds like a strong word. I would say miracle (only by the grace of my Savoir)… I am now a D1 athlete, SEC Cheerleader for the Arkansas Razorbacks. I NOT ONLY am fully functioning… I’d say I’m HYPER functioning. I use my talent and skills to travel around the world.

I still struggle with hip pain every once and a while, but I am thankful and Praise Jesus for that. It is a reminder of where I came from, where I am, and where I am going.




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  1. Liz says:

    Wow. I think they knew more in 1998 than in the early 70’s.

  2. lea ann says:

    Hi My daughter is older than you and had Ganz surgery … can you tell me if you have had any problems … my daughter went through both hips and proceed to dance drill team as well as in college. But isn’t happy go lucky skipping through life! Thank you for your help

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