Hi everyone. My name is Linda and I am 60 years old. Starting in 2008, I developed open wounds on my lower legs. I am still battling them to this day. In May 2014 after a bad fall, the doctors told me that I have a "dead knee" and need a knee replacement. Due to the open wounds, not one surgeon will attempt the surgery until they close due to the high chance of infection. I have not walked since 2014 and the thought of knee surgery terrifies me. Just thinking of it brings on a panic attack. I have purposely been very lazy with my wound care just to delay the operation. How does one overcome such deep fear? I very much want to walk again. Has anyone else ever been this fearful to the point of staying wheelchair-bound for five years? Any advice would be so appreciated. Thank you for reading this.