Today I went to the gym, like I normally do, but I felt differently today than I did yesterday. I felt proud, grateful and humble all at the same time, a weird combination I know. As I was standing against the wall waiting for my turn on the pectoral fly machine I looked down at my legs and realized how far I have come. On November 16, 2015 I went in to surgery for meniscus repair surgery with a quick recovery in my favor but still a possibility of a six month restriction on most movement. Five months ago I was sleeping on the couch because climbing the stairs to my bed was far too painful. Five months ago I was mad at myself for not taking caution and listening to the signals my body was constantly sending me. Now, I am in a much better place physically and mentally because I took time to recovery and heal. Today, I am running faster miles, lifting more weight and barreling down boundaries that I refuse to accept. I am taking time to understand the limitations I had while still safely challenging myself to become stronger in more ways than I can describe. As I looked down at my legs today and had my realization I decided that the only way to reach my full recovery is to give myself credit where credit was due. Go me for overcoming what seemed to be the most heart-breaking experience I’ve faced this far.
Although my injury was not ideal, was it the wake-up call I needed to realize that it was time to start taking care of myself? Maybe so.
Want to hear more stories about unbelievable recoveries? Check out a few of these TED Talks to see how people from all walks of life with many different injuries overcame the adversity they were handed. These stories are humbling and inspiring.