I have been reading through different posts on this, and have read some posts about others in their 30s who have faced THRs. I am still really nervous about the idea and would love some feedback and encouragement! I am 30, a mother of three (ages 6,4 and 3), I homeschool, and have a pretty busy life. When I was 21 I saw an orthopedic surgeon who told me that (after a lot of wear and tear from my years professional dancing) I had some cartilage damage and arthritis in my left hip. They did a surgery where they repaired the cartilage and cleared away all of the mess, and told me I might have some more life on the joint, maybe 10 years. 6 months ago, the pain came back, but a lot worse. And for the past 6 months, the decline in my lifestyle has been devastating. I crawl up stairs and we have big stairs in the house!, and bum-scoot down. It takes me about 5 minutes to stand up from a chair. I fall over when I try and bend over. And the pain keeps me up at night even though I just am lying in bed. I bought a cane but my pride keeps me from wanting to use it around my other fit mom friends who don’t quite get it. It’s really humiliating. I end every day crawling and in extreme pain. So my husband finally got me to see my GP who, after doing an xray and seeing severe arthritis damage is sending me back to the same surgical practice and recommending a hip replacement. I haven’t seen the surgeon yet - waiting for the appointment - and I know that he might have other alternatives. Though because of other medical problems, I am not allowed ANY NSAIDs and steroids because of tissue damage. But I know that this might be an option before me and I am trying to be realistic about it. Anyone out there done this? This young in their life? What I want is to have my life back, be able to walk to the park with my kids, or just climb stairs like a pro, but I am so scared of any big, daunting recovery, who would watch my kids, etc, and I am nervous that it will be something that doesn’t last. Should I try to keep going on this joint? I’m just really, really, nervous about what this means for my future. Thank you for reading! I really appreciate any kind of support!