Mae Branyon
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Mae Branyon of Detroit was just 50 when her left knee began to give out on her.

“A doctor told me the cartilage was gone and it was bone rubbing on bone,” she says. Branyon put off surgery for five years, until, she says, “The pain was so bad I can’t even describe it.” Just a few weeks after a knee replacement in March 2009 by Jiab Suleiman, D.O., the pain in Branyon’s knee had disappeared.

Branyon, 55, returned to work as a caregiver in a group home for mentally impaired individuals and returned to volunteering at her church. The hardest part of recovering from surgery for Branyon was switching roles and having someone take care of her for a change.

This story first appeared in Sinai-Grace Hospital’s Healthy Living magazine. Click here to read more Healthy Living stories.