Have you experienced ageism in the medical field?
I’m now 55 years old. The occurrence I’m talking about happened when I was 43. I fractured my knee, damaging my ACL entirely and partially shredding my medial ligament. I have rheumatoid arthritis and hypothyroidism. For decades, I’ve struggled to keep the weight off. It’s difficult to lose weight when moving hurts and your metabolism works against you. I was looking for a knee replacement to help with my mobility. When I discussed it with my doctor, guess what he said: “Oh, you don’t seem like a young athlete.” I can still remember the heartache he gave me. That’s my experience of medical ageism.