cannot help herself, demonstrating a modern dance to her
class at Santa Barbara City College
even after her
doctor had ordered her
not to dance for a few days after getting a cortisone shot, below.As the scars show, the 68-year-old dance instructor has undergone two knee-replacement surgeries in the past year.She
had titanium put in her
knees to strengthen the ligaments that 63 years of dancing had worn down.
The only downside to getting new knees is that Kay Fulton
can no longer predict the weather.
"I could usually predict even how long it was going to rain by the aches in my legs," she
...Ms. Fulton, above right, had to take three months off dancing to recover from surgery, but she is back teaching ballet and other dance classes at Santa Barbara City College.
takes a nap before class.
The wear and tear of training and performing for so many years wore away the ligaments in her
knees and caused painful arthritis.She
had several procedures to remove cartilage, and by the time she
had the replacement surgery, her
bones were raw. She
waited a long time to have the procedure because she
knew medical science would improve.Doctors had told her
once that she
would be lucky to walk if they would have operated 20 years ago, she
"I am beyond just wanting to walk and participate in life," she
"You start to appreciate all those little things," Ms. Fulton
said."It's been a tough three years, but I made it through."She has been teaching choreography and all forms of dance at Santa Barbara City College since 1971.She
thinks staying active is the key to happy living.
"I enjoy life," she