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Merrymaking. Shindig. Bash. Gala. Party. Celebration.

The last word reminds me of an old 1980s song.

There's a party going on right here

A dedication to last throughout the years

So bring your good times and your laughter too

We gonna celebrate your party with you

-Kool and the Gang

Who thinks that having a diagnosis of hip dysplasia or FAI is a party they wanted to be invited to? I know I certainly would have been fine with being left off the guest list. Even though I would've loved to have not RSVP'd to this opportunity, there are huge party favors that I've received by being a member of this incredible global hippie community.

I have developed friendships as far away as Singapore. I have talked with hippie patients who have felt isolated and alone in their hip journeys. I have shared tears and virtual high fives with others. I have seen the strength of an 8-year-old hippie who I have titled Hip Warrior Princess. I have been in awe of the persistence of many who have gone through this hip journey with me. I have also seen the incredible passion that our hip healers share in their pursuit of helping us along this journey.

I have recently been connected with a hip healing organization of professionals who have made it their life’s work to address these hip issues where they start – in the hips of our young ones.

The Hip HOPe Network is formally, and with great enthusiasm, inviting you to celebrate the Inaugural International Hip Health Day! In other words, it is the first annual Hip Health Day with many more to come. The Hip HOPe Network is an organization that wants to help our community on multiple fronts. They want to engage globally with our hip healers – those medical professionals who are on the front lines of seeing how quirky hips can impact quality of life, mobility, mental health and attitude. The Hip Hope Network is also focused on professional development by providing education, training, mentoring and funding. They are excited to have outreach, advocacy and partnerships – patients and professionals alike. They want a sense of community and they want to continue making progress for the little hip patients so they don’t grow up into adult hip patients.

Come celebrate virtually on May 30th with the Hip HOPe Network – see the progress being made, the positivity being shared and the mountain tops that are being reached.

Please stay tuned for more details about the event by following the Hip HOPe Network on Instagram and Twitter. Their handle is @hiphope_network on both Instagram and Twitter. The time of the event will be 1300 PDT and it will be hosted on Zoom.

“Community is about doing something together that makes belonging matter.”

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