My name is Natalie and I am 20 years old and I’ve been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and retroversion. I have danced since I was 3 and performed and played the flute since I was 7. I have always been very flexible and hyper-mobile and had clicky hips but nothing was suspected. I started performing arts uni in Guildford in September 2017, danced for 1 week and haven’t danced since… For the past 17 months I have seen so many different people who claimed they couldn’t help me as they thought the problem was in my back and even that it was all in my head! I knew there was a problem and I wasn’t going to give up until I found someone who believed me.

I finally found a specialist in London who changed my life as he knew what the problem was and said that he could help me. I’ve been on the waiting list for a PAO and have found out I’m going to have it on the 25th April.

My mental and emotional state are suffering and I am in pain every single day. It’s extremely difficult especially from going from dancing everyday to living mainly on the setee and not being able to move very much. People do not understand how much this physical condition can affect you in different ways.

I believe things happen for a reason however difficult they seem at the time, so I am determined to make it through this difficult part in my journey and one day I will dance again ❤

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