Hi all, I've been lurking about reading threads for awhile and decided it's time to start my own. I'm scheduled for a LTHR on December 6th. Initially I was going to wait until spring 2018 to schedule the surgery since I wasn't all that keen on being in recovery mode over the Christmas holidays, but I realized most of my concerns were about what was best for others, rather than best for me. I decided it's not the end of the world if I don't put up a tree and if the presents aren't wrapped just so this year. I'm looking at a new hip as a present to myself! I was also motivated by the current US administration's commitment to blowing up the US healthcare system, and thought it would be wise to get it done while I know what my benefits are. I have decent insurance through my husband's employer, but who knows what will happen going forward. I have always been pretty active in sports, and ran track and cross country in high school, and continued running for exercise as well as playing indoor soccer in a recreational league for a number of years. That's when I noticed the first OA symptoms, pain and tightness in my groin that didn't go away after resting. It wasn't that bad at first and I continued to play until the pain progressed and I had to give it up a couple years ago. I've been walking with a limp and know that the longer I go without the surgery the more likely that I'll screw something else up. My right hip so far is healthy with no signs of OA so I'd like to keep it that way. I'm still able to use my exercise bike and elliptical machine, although at very low intensity, and I do weighs/resistance training that doesn't cause pain to stay in shape ahead of surgery. Although walking is painful I find that doing some non-impact physical activity helps with how I feel overall. My mother had severe OA in multiple joints (but no replacements), my dad had both hips and a knee replaced and two of my siblings have had hip replacements in their late 40's, so it seems to run in my family. I've got my pre-op appointments scheduled, so now it's just getting through the next several weeks. This forum has been a huge help already in preparing me for the big event!