“Had I Known Then,” co-authored by Ellyn Spragins, features letters from joint replacement patients to their younger selves to provide encouragement and advice as they contemplate joint replacement surgery. One of the patients featured is Jack Groppel, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida. The letters provide remarkable insight on the physical and emotional toll of osteoarthritis and the profound impact joint replacement has on a person’s health and enjoyment of life.
People suffering from severe hip or knee pain due to osteoarthritis wait, on average, seven to eleven years before undergoing joint replacement surgery.1 Many people delay hip or knee replacement surgery due to fear, misinformation, or a lack of awareness about treatment options. That’s why best-selling author, Ellyn Spragins, has teamed up with Dr. Steven Barnett, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, to introduce the “Had I Known Then” booklet on joint health.
Ellyn Spragins is well known for her “Letters to My Younger Self®” book series and her work with hundreds of people, including Maya Angelou, Ann Curry, Suze Orman, and Soledad O’Brien. In her latest project, Ellyn is inspiring those suffering from osteoarthritis to take action and talk to an orthopaedic surgeon about treatment options. In the “Had I Known Then” booklet, Ellyn delves into the hart-won wisdom of joint replacement patients in their journeys to recovery.