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My Permanent Reality is the Hardest One to Accept

My Permanent Reality is the Hardest One to Accept

 


I reflect on my experience a lot -
an unhealthy amount, I’m sure.

Sometimes it doesn’t feel real and others it feels like my journey ended so long ago that it’s barely a part of me anymore. But then I remember that the journey isn’t over and it won’t ever be over. It still consumes every bit of who I am.


But just because the initial sting of my experience leading me to a life without the sport I love is gone, doesn’t mean that...


My Worst Day Didn’t Have to Be My Worst Day

My Worst Day Didn’t Have to Be My Worst Day

I’ve had to endure four ACL reconstructions and a meniscus repairs. You’d think my worst days would be bundled into one tough memory. But, I remember the worst day of my journey as if it was yesterday. It’s an easy one to recollect because no feeling has ever amounted to the discouragement and frustration I felt that Thursday during my sophomore year of high school.


It was my second reconstruction and I was about 2 months in. I remember I had just begun to start jogging- actually, it was more of a brisk walk, come to think...


Pain Paves the Way to New Passions

Pain Paves the Way to New Passions

The day my doctor signed my medical release forms was first day in 15 years that I didn’t know where my life was going. I always had a plan.

In elementary and middle school, my plan was to make my area’s best travel team.

In high school, my plan was to get a scholarship.

And in college, my plan was to work my way to a starting position as a freshman.

But suddenly, when my plans didn’t involve soccer, I was lost.


It...


Why You Should Try Meditation in your ACL recovery

Why You Should Try Meditation in your ACL recovery

 

Have you wanted to try meditation in your ACL knee injury recovery? Or in your life in general? It can be a great addition to your ACL journey back to full health and here is why...

Meditation, or to meditate, is defined

by Google as:

the act of thinking deeply or focusing one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation

And from Merrium-Webster as:

an intransitive verb


What to Give a Friend Who is Recovering from an ACL Reconstruction

What to Give a Friend Who is Recovering from an ACL Reconstruction

If you’ve never torn your ACL, or even if you have, it can be hard to watch a loved one go through the mental and physical wear and tear of the injury. Seeing our friends suffer without an idea as to how to ease the pain is an incredibly helpless feeling. We can bring them endless amounts of candy and cards, but at the end of the day, these gifts, while very thoughtful, are a very temporary fix to a long term recovery. There are, however, some gifts that can be useful throughout the entirety of the almost yearlong recovery...