Getting back to what she loves

By on January 7, 2019

Karen Lurie decorating her Christmas tree in December.

Martin’s Point resident Karen Lurie knew it was time for a total knee replacement. Due to severe pain, she had been unable to do the things she loves for quite some time, like decorating her Christmas tree.

When she met with her orthopedic surgeon, he agreed, but he gave her an assignment before surgery could be scheduled. He wanted her to lose weight. “He recommended a special diet, but it wasn’t long before I realized that I couldn’t stick to that,” recalled Lurie. “I needed carbs,” she said, laughing.

It was then that Lurie made an appointment with Dr. Christina Bowen. She had heard Dr. Bowen speak at a Lunch and Learn event about nutrition and healthy living and Christmas 2018, Karen Lurie is able to decorate her tree. thought following her guidance might be a better way to try and lose the weight.

“Dr. Bowen was a real cheerleader for me,” said Lurie. “She suggested the type of foods to eat and when to eat them…she never criticized me.” By taking Dr. Bowen’s advice, Lurie was able to give up candy, cookies, cake and alcohol. “Today, I don’t have the urge for those things,” said Lurie with a smile. “It’s so rewarding.”

Lurie actually exceeded her weight loss goal with the advice from Dr. Bowen and had knee replacement surgery in August 2018. “My whole life has changed,” said Lurie. “I have more strength to do things.”

The past few years, Lurie’s Christmas tree was bare because her knee hurt and her weight was too much for the ladder she used. That’s no longer the case. She climbed the ladder and adorned her tree this past December…and it was beautiful.

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