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Why I’m glad I had to have knee surgery…

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Why I’m glad I had to have knee surgery…

Wow. What a headline. Those of you that know me know that this whole episode with my knee surgery has been probably one of the worst things I’ve ever been through in my life. And yet when I think about it, maybe it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened. (just to catch you up, I had surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus in April)

I’ve learned a lot about myself, I’ve seen what strength I have within, I’ve met new people and experienced new things that I never would have otherwise.

I have developed more respect for people with injuries and what it takes to get around on crutches (and the day in the wheelchair at SeaWorld was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced!)

I’ve found the strength to lift myself up when the leg just wasn’t working, and to grin and bear it and even make some jokes when physical therapy was hurting like hell, and to regroup and refocus when my progress slipped backwards…

I’ve had the chance to play in a zero-gravity treadmill (just like I saw GSP do in HIS knee-hab) and next week I’m going to be on Fox35 in a “cryo-sauna” for some cold therapy. (oh yeah, and I coined a new word… “knee-hab”!)

I have 5 scars that will be with me forever and my knee still pops, clicks and crunches, but I think instead of worrying and getting upset each time it does, I’m going to smile and say to myself “I’m stronger because of it”

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