An athlete all his life Tom writes about the challenges of total knee replacement recovery under circumstances of extreme pain. Mary Elliott does an in-depth interview for the podcast and Tom Jurewicz shares his story in this signature article about perseverance, courage and recovery.
Born in 1959, I grew up as a kid loving sports and participated in anything I could. Eventually growing to a height of 6’6” I had the size and skill that allowed me to excel at sports in High School and earn an athletic scholarship to Wayne State University to play football. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Accounting and Tax from Colorado State University and went on to have a career in tax and finance where I’m presently the CFO of a Real Estate Development Company. After college I continued to run, play recreation basketball and workout out six days a week. I am married and have two daughters. One daughter followed in my footsteps and has started a career in tax and finance and the other is a fourth-year medical student. Both daughters are active and I had the privilege to coach both of them as they participated in AAU Basketball. As a family we love to ski and both daughters are runners however my running days are over due to the issues with my knee. I originally had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2003 and for the past 16 years the joint deteriorated until it was bone on bone and I needed total right knee replacement surgery. I desire to remain active and have three young grandsons who I hope to ski, hike, swim and vacation with for many years to come.