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Linda Bertoncini wrote:

> I am so discouraged!  Just got back from PT where I was told that there
> was no point in continuing as my knee is only getting worse.  There is
> more edema and pain than before despite no hiking!  Orangebug, Sharon,
> Iceman and others have been great with support and information.!  I
> realize that it is complicated because of the brain surgery (AVM) last
> year.  That has thrown off my center of gravity etc. etc.  I keep trying
> to get other referrals, no appointments for a long time.  Any
> suggestions?  I have licked alot of other problems, medical and
> otherwise, and am sure there is a solution to this one .Right now it
> feels kind of bleak!  I just want to go and sit on top of Springer or
> Blood or Blue or any mountain on the trail and think and I can't hike
> there, not even slack pack.  But where there is a will there is a way!
> Sixteen months ago after my surgery I couldn't walk unassisted.....and a
> couple of months ago I hiked over 100 miles on a section hike.  I had
> been doing 2 to 4 day hikes several times a month and just living for
> them!  Trying to believe that anything is possible!  Trying to hang on
> and dream.......Linda from Atlanta  P.S.  BTW, there is a nice mountain
> hiking picture (Alaska) on the Caribou Coffee house walls here in
> Atlanta area. If anyone from here wants to meet sometime and have coffee
> with me, pretend we are up there on top, feel free to e-mail me!
> --
> Though we exist as separate species,
> our fates are connected universally.