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The Jane Kaczmarek Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Jane Kaczmarek

Gary Barg:  I so appreciate you spending time talking with us about osteoarthritis, this is such a big issue for family caregivers. And I have to say, as someone watching you for years on some of my favorite television shows, itís almost implausible to believe you were dealing with this while you were doing those shows.  How did you find out thatís what you had and what did you do about it?

Jane Kaczmarek:  First of all, my father had both of his hips replaced and so, when I started having pain, I suspected that I might be a chip off the old block.  Iíd limp, and I became very, very dependent on ibuprofen, which is a tremendous anti-inflammatory.  And for a while there, I know I was taking at least 20 a day.

Gary Barg:  Wow.

Jane Kaczmarek:  So I would make it through the day and since it was an over-the-counter painkiller, I just assumed it was fine to be taking that much. When I was pregnant with my third child and working full time on Malcolm in the Middle, I had to stop taking ibuprofen through the pregnancy. I realized then how bad my hip was because I wasnít numbing the pain anymore.  I was 46, almost 47-years-old, and gaining 70 pounds with this baby on a bad hip. My daughter Mary Louisa was born, I nursed her and I finished up that season of Malcolm in the Middle, and literally the day after we finished filming for that season, I l checked in the hospital and had that hip replaced.  That is part of the reason I was very glad the people from DePuy asked me to join this campaign to talk about this because I waited far too long.  I was in pain far too long.  I just wish I had done it years earlier.

Gary Barg:  You mentioned the campaignóitís the Anatomy of Movement Experience. I love the name; what does it mean?


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