Words cannot really fully express how grateful I am to ARCH.
I have had ongoing hip pain and issues for the last 14 years, since I was 23. I’ve had 2 previous hip surgeries and I was told there was nothing else that could be done for me. The pain impacted on my ability to do my job properly and to engage in physical and social activities, even something as simple as cleaning the shower was an issue. The pain was always there – it was just the degree of pain which fluctuated, and something I just accepted was going to be part of my life.
My physio referred me to a private orthopaedic surgeon, Matthew Brick. He told me surgery was actually possible, but my husband and I simply couldn’t afford the private cost and the surgery was not available through my DHB.
I am incredibly grateful to Matthew Brick for mentioning ARCH and I am beyond grateful to ARCH for approving my hip surgery – it has given me hope that I can live a mostly pain free life.
My surgery was done 6 weeks ago and while the recovery and rehabilitation is slow, which is expected, I at least now have a chance to lead a more normal life. I hope to one day walk the Tongariro Crossing, something that pain would have stopped me from doing before and certainly something that would never have been possible without ARCH.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Thank you for giving people who fall through the gaps in our health system and don’t have the financial means to pay privately, a chance to lead more normal lives and thank you so much for giving me that opportunity.