Hi All, I hope i am posting my introduction in the correct area. Apologies in advance if not. My surgery is booked for the 23rd of October. I have only really started looking at BoneSmart the last few days and already i feel so much better about the forthcoming and dreaded surgery. Most (if not all my fears) have already been expressed and answered with compassion and clarity by members of the community. The information and links provided by Josephine and Layla are truly outstanding. Thank you. I was told i needed the hip replaced over five years ago (moderate/severe arthritis) but i could not accept reality. The hip diagnosis was the tip of the iceberg in addition for a lot of other problems i was having at the time, the main one being severe depression and suicidal wishes. Over the past five years i have managed reasonably well by drastically changing my diet, stopping drinking and an intense exercise program. However, reality bit me on the bottom earlier this year when i had a big flare up and i have no more strength to try and keep putting out the fires. I could manage the pain well it was my ever decreasing mobility that has forced my hand. Other people have expressed their fears so well so suffice to say i share them too. I definitely feel less alone after reading posts and so grateful this site is around. I wish everybody well for their forthcoming surgery and beyond.