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How It All Began

14 May

My passion for running started when I got my first running shoes. I was 8 that time and my parents are so into fitness. They regularly run with me for about 1-2 miles per day and it became a habit for all of us. I was 17 when I started to feel the tingling sensation, stiffness, and numbness of my hips down to my toes. I told mom about it and she had me seen by our family physician. The doctor recommended some painkillers and told me that I was too young to have arthritis and that it was just muscle pain. I didn’t believe him, especially that I felt joint pains. My mom suggested me to take my medicines first and be under observation, and just have a second opinion after few weeks.

Weeks passed, I was still in pain. I couldn’t even walk for half a mile without feeling weak. It felt like my knees wanted to give up on me. I told my parents that the pain relievers that I have could only give me relief for few hours. My parents had me seen by physical therapist and gave me exercise routines to strengthen my bones. I was really depressed because aside from daily running activities with my family, I wasn’t able to join the track and field team, I stayed inside my room every Friday night and spent my whole Saturday with my physical therapist.

On the 7th month, my mom finally told me that we should get another medical advice since both pain killers and physical therapy didn’t do any good on my condition. We scheduled an appointment with Dr. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon. We did some physical and lab tests and he evaluated it. My initial visit took us 5 hours. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. What is that? The first thought came to my mind. Dr Purita explained what osteoarthritis is, what the possible causes are, and the effective treatment.

He told me that the possible cause of my osteoarthritis is because I am overweight. Yes, its true. Although I run for miles every week and do other physical activities, I am still overweight. He told me that the effective way to treat osteoarthritis is through stem cell therapy. He gave us detailed information about stem cell treatment and my mom told me that we will think about it first. My mom was a bit hesitant with medical science, I was not. I really believed that science has brought great things upon men, including medications and treatments. But still, my parents had to decide for it first. So, we went home. Mom was thinking about how effective stem cell treatment is and if it will be the best option for me. I, on the other had, was thinking about when could I start the treatment and was hopeful that it will be effective for me…..

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