“I went to the GP because I felt like the town drunk,” she describes.
The initial diagnosis was a twisted patella. Things worsened and a cartilage tear was identified.
Only after an op to repair the cartilage was Michelle informed by her then-surgeon that, on opening up the knee, he had found there wasn’t any cartilage to repair.
Michelle worked in a nursery. Being on her knees was part of the job, and doing the job was becoming ever more painful. Her employers were becoming frustrated with the time off she needed and, just to compound issues, Michelle’s young family were sporty and she couldn’t join in any of their activities.