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Doc up to challenge

Twenty-two broken bones, three concussions, three knee surgeries, a left rotator cuff surgery, two neck surgeries, plates with screws and a piece of my hip included.

No, I was not in a car wreck - just being a full-time women's and girls' self-defense expert and a martial artist for over 26 years is not easy on the body especially for a 5-foot-2, 120-pound woman.

I was told by my doctor seven years ago on the East Coast, after the second surgery, I would have to get a knee replacement soon. So I opted for a big metal knee brace for seven years.

Then it happened. The day finally came when I asked around to see who was the best of the best here, and I was told Dr. Richard Cunningham.

A big "thank you" for that advice. You were all right. The first thing I said to Cunningham is "I am not a good patient. I am fully booked through Nov. 11. My book is released on April 12. My first signing is in May, and Safe House films is going to be directing a theatrical movie about my life. My first seminars start on April 5, and is this going to be outpatient?"

Of course, that got a big smile out of Cunningham.

My surgery was March 7 for a partial knee replacement, and I was on the plane to San Diego State University to teach 110 young college students rape-escape techniques four weeks and four days later. Three months late, I was certifying black belts from 23 states and Australia at the Century Martial Arts SuperShow in Las Vegas.

I just finished my last seminar for this year on Nov. 9. It was my 171st seminar I completed in the last eight years with more than 15,000 women and girls to date and now the Girl Scouts with the first statewide initiative Fight Like a Girl Scout.

No one can be a success on their own. When you depend on your body for your job, make your first appointment with Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Thanks so much, everyone involved. I can't remember all of your names, but I remember your kindness, and I highly recommend Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Vail Valley Medical Center.

A big "thank you" to Cunningham and to Mary Witt, my physical therapist!

I couldn't have done it without everyone involved. This valley is full of kind people. I just wanted everyone to know how much I appreciated everything, neighbors, friends - just everyone!

Kym Rock

Edwards

Archuleta is plenty active

This is in response to the letter "Not a fan": David Archuleta has created and sold three albums in the past three years. His "Christmas From the Heart" album was highly recommended and was rated second behind Bob Dylan in sales.

I urge you to go see him live. I'd like to know what your reaction is to David's performance once you see and hear him.

Thanks for listening.

Kathy Condon

Battle Creek, Mich.


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