Oh hon, sorry to hear about your need for a cane! I know how difficult it is living with pain so I can certainly empathize with you.
Sounds like we both need to lose quite a bit so hopefully we can encourage each other! I know it won't be easy but I was really happy with what the nutritionist said to me today. It gave me hope seeing I wasn't going to have to try to diet on 1200 calories a day -- been there and done that and obviously it didn't work. Her way may be slower but I didn't gain it all in a day either.