I think what Cassie said makes a lot of sense. Maybe make some small changes, rather than something overwhelming. Maybe just add some vegetables to your meals one week, add some more or drink some more water another.
Also I want to say you do not sound self pitying to me at all. You sound like someone who has had a lot of challenges and is doing the best she can and trying to make positive changes.
Maybe you can also do some PT for your knee. Try to do whatever physical activity you can because it does make a difference in flexibility and also can help with moods and outlook.
You are still so young; you can turn this around; look how many people are turning their lives around at all ages. And I believe you can do this without surgery. One step, even a small one, at a time. We're rooting for you, honey.
Last edited by canary52; 12-06-2010 at 09:32 PM.