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I’m 33 and I have arthritis in my knees and ankles. It is from years of skiing, running, hitting jumps when I was younger, and because my patellas are slightly crooked. Arthritis pain is something I’ve learned to live with. When I was younger, it would bug me and I’d get super depressed about it. But now, I’m able to cope with a two-prong solution. 1) just don’t think about it. 2) remember it could be worse. I’m grateful for everyday I get to be outside, especially after this recent ACL surgery. I was so stoked to be able to hike up to the top of Ben Nevis last week!!! You have no idea how good it felt. And I don’t know what I would do without my @lekiusa poles, in the summer or the winter. They are one of the items I take with me year-round because it makes everything I do but easier and better. They were one of my first sponsors ever, and I’ve been an athlete for them for about a decade! If you’re looking for a way to take some of the load off your knees on the trails this summer, I highly recommend checking out their trekking and running poles (and their super sweet Wanderfreund “cane” style pole if you are recovering from an injury or just need some support). Thanks Leki for always believing in me from a young age, and for all the support. Photo: @rob.lea

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