Wanda celebrated her 90th birthday at a Wichita State Shocker's women's basketball game in January
It was convenient for her and for her daughter, Linda, who flew in from California to be with her before and after her surgery.
“We had about a five-mile drive,” Wanda says. “You got to admit, that’s pretty nice.”
So was being prepped for surgery in a private room, with a nurse constantly at her side.
“You’re never left alone,” she says. “That was really comforting.”
Her surgery went well and she was walking and exercising with help the same day.
"I really appreciated the care, the nurses, how well you’re taken care of and how interested everyone is in what you have to say," says Wanda.
She returned home three days later and within a couple of weeks was back on the recumbent bicycles at the YMCA just down the road from her new hospital.
An avid Wichita State University volleyball and women’s basketball fan, Wanda also was back at Koch Arena cheering both teams on.
By the time her January birthday rolled around, she was handling the stairs at the arena with ease as she made her way to the court for special recognition at the WSU-Illinois State Women's Basketball game.
“This is my life and I don’t like to have it interrupted," says Wanda. "These are the things I enjoy doing and thanks to my new knee I can.”