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

  3. Matt says:

    Hi Ann, I am so happy that you were properly diagnosed so early on. My daughter was born in 1997 and also was immediately diagnosed and braced for 6-8 weeks and appeared to be fine. Just this week she confessed that she has been struggling with hip pain most of her life, when running, skiing etc….wondering how much pain you have experienced and if it has improved with time or gotten worse? Also wondering about your hip noint mobility / flexibility as my daughter’s hips are very tight

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