Robert Parker in Bali

Robert Parker in Bali
blog contributor Robert Parker Surfing Bali

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm Not Over 50 Yet, But My Knee Was


I guess I'm still an (almost) babe to some of you since I turn 47 next month. I'm looking at 50. I see it there in the not-so-distant future. And, believe it or not, I'm excited by it. So, I asked to join the blog now.

The picture above was taken a few days after I had my knee replaced in April 2009. I was 45. My knee was that of someone in her 60's or 70's. It's now the knee of the Six Million Dollar Man or Bionic Woman. It's metallic and solid.

Surfing is not a problem. Skateboarding is not a problem. Swimming? Running? Dancing? Hiking? I can do all of it.

I say all this to explain that joint replacement does not necessarily prevent you from continuing with your athletic lifestyle regardless of your age. It seems to be in the future of many people I know who are over 50. They, like me, wore their joints out from decades of being active. Many of my friends fear the prospect of joint replacement. I can honestly say it saved me from spending the second half of my life being inactive. That would have killed me. I plan to stay athletic until my entire body finally gives out. Then I will sit back, tired as hell, and celebrate what I hope to be a long life of athleticism.

I have every intention of being as fabulous in my 50's as I think I am in my 40's!

Thanks for allowing me to join the blog.



  1. Welcome aboard Mary, great first post! That knee looks gnarly. Glad to hear you're still out in the surf, 'tho. Looking forward to more straight-shooting stuff from 'ya! - Huck

  2. Hey, Mary!
    So stoked for you, and to hear more of your story. it's great to know you, Sista! Aloha, Cher and Steve