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Begin with the End in Mind Caren Rossow, Niles

After years of wear and tear on her body, Caren Rossow was knee-deep in pain. She consulted with her rheumatologist who concluded Lupus, a disease which causes the body’s immune system to attack its own cells and tissues, was destroying cartilage in Caren’s knee. She needed to act fast.

Caren connected with orthopedic surgeon, Kenneth Edwards, MD, to discuss a course of treatment for her chronic knee pain and swelling. Dr. Edwards recommended starting with physical therapy to rebuild broken down muscles in her leg.

As a result of her injured right knee, Caren was walking with a cane and putting added weight on her left leg resulting in pain in both knees. When the pain persisted despite physical therapy, Caren and Dr. Edwards began to discuss other options. She had to make a decision―replace one knee or two. She decided upon a bi-lateral knee replacement, which would replace both knee joints at the same time.

“You have to begin with the end in mind. I only wish I had the surgery sooner. I am now living my life to the fullest." - Caren Rossow

Within six months of a successful surgery, Caren accomplished her first goal by biking 8.2 miles around Mackinac Island with her family. Her next goal? Hiking Tahquamenon Falls with her granddaughters.