DONT GIVE UP!!

by Taylor C.
(Texas)

Hey, I just had my ACL reconstructed about 7 weeks ago. I blew my ACl my 2nd game of summer basketball. I was devastated when my doctor told me that I had blown out my ACL, but I allowed myself one day of crying and pouting then I had to get mentally focused. Staying positive was what has been getting me through this whole process. I'm an athlete, I don't like sitting around doing nothing, and when you tell me I can't play basketball I freak out. But I knew I had to get focused on getting better so I could get back on the court. I went into surgery nervous but excited at the same time, I couldnt wait for my knee to be fixed then I could work on getting back to normal. My surgery went so smoothly. Rehab has been great so far, Im moving along quickly. In fact I ran for the first time yesterday, it was the best feeling I thought I was going to cry there on the treadmill. My advice is stay positive, an ACL injury is not death its just a little bump in the road. Mentally focus on getting better. And when your rehab stage comes around push yourself, it might hurt but you'll live. I promise. Each improvement you make is the best feeling and its very rewarding. Don't give up this injury is just going to make you a stronger person!!!

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Aug 30, 2011
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back on the field
by: Anonymous

Morgan made it through the surgery and rehab with flying colors. She was a real trooper. She never played soccer again, because she was just done with it. I was so disappointed. She chose to go all out with Ultimate Frisbee. I never knew much about it so it was fun learning a new sport. It turns out her HS team won state and she scored the game winning upwind point! Now she is off at college playing Ultimate.

Aug 30, 2011
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Thank you so much !
by: Anonymous

I just tore my ACL last week in a soccer game. I have been crying for the last 3 days. After reading your story, I feel much better about this process.

Feb 22, 2010
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Thank you!
by: Tina S

Hey,

Thanks for this post! I'm in the process of scheduling my ACL surgery and I'm quite nervous. It's not even the surgery that's getting me the most anxious - I know it's pretty common and has a really good success rate. My real concern is how fast I can get back to my passion, which is soccer.

I think I'm starting to get in the right state of mind... I just found out I need surgery 4 days ago!! But, it's SO nice to hear some positive words to keep things in perspective!

How are you doing now?

Thanks!

Nov 11, 2009
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inspirational
by: Michelle

Wow. I am going to print your post out for my daughter, 16. She is having surgery in the morning for a torn ACL. She is so nervous but ready to start the recovery process. She is so active with soccer and ultimate frisbee...I know she will push herself to get back out there. Thank you so much for posting your postitive experience. You will be an inspiration!!!

Sep 17, 2009
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Thanks!
by: Gianna

I have to say thanks for your comment. I read it before my surgery and it really helped me because I can relate with your love of basketball. I stayed positive and its been 3 weeks to the day and Im already jogging on the treadmill and doing slow laps around the court.

Sep 12, 2009
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re:tightness
by: Sylvie

During my partial ACL rehab I experienced quite a bit of tightness and it seemed helped by cycling more than anything else. Do you use a stationary bike at all?

Aug 13, 2009
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Allison's Update- Please help
by: Allison Fontana

Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am so glad your rehab is going well. I had your attitude after I had my first surgery (ACL reconstruction) on April 14th. I am a firefighter and endurance athlete so I know how to tolerate the pain of rehabilitation. Ten weeks post-surgery I insisted on an MRI because I wasn't progressing in therapy and was having constant pain. The MRI showed a lot of scar tissue development under and around my kneecap so the doctor recommended another surgery which I did on July 7th. Now it's August 13th and my progress has stalled and I'm experiencing constant tightness, pulling sensations, and pain/discomfort. I am terrified that the scar tissue has returned and that I'll need another surgery. If I do need another procedure, how do I keep the scar tissue from coming back? It has been 20 weeks from my original injury. I am extremely frustrated and depressed and want to get back to my job and my life. Has anyone experienced this problem before? Any advice?
Thank you for the opportunity to vent. I trully wish a very speedy recovery for you and everyone else out there.

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