MY JOURNEY THROUGH THIS HARDSHIP.

by Madi
(Idaho)

Hey there everyone,

I am a fifteen year old high school girl and just suffered an ACL injury. I did it in a summer league basketball game of June 4, 2011. Now usually these injuries are done without contact, but in mine situation, I was basically tackled by one of my own teammates and another girl on the opposite team going for a rebound. After I got hit I heard a pop in my left knee and went down crying and screaming "oh no!". Now everyone that has ever heard a 'pop' in their knee or anything knows that it is like a death sentence, especially for a athlete! As I got carried to the bench, my grandpa was examining my knee and saying how i didn't tear my ACL and how I was going to be fine...blah blah blah, but I thought "i heard a pop and I've heard tons of other stories where people hear a pop and go down and they tear something in their knee."I iced my knee for the rest of my game and was helped out to my car. As me and my parents drove home i felt, 1) anger 2) sadness 3) pain 4) disbelief. I thought...how and why did this have to happen to me. I hardly ever got injured except when i hyper-extended it in January of 2010. I was only out for 3 weeks and came back as if nothing was wrong. But i had a feeling that what had just happened to me would put me out alot longer than 3 weeks. As I got home that night, I was going through a range of emotions and an emotional wreck! We have a local physical therapist who happened to be my old basketball coach. He was able to see me that night and examine my knee. This was the one guy i trusted. As I got examined by him he did a test on my knee that could tell if there even was a ACL in there connected. He would snap my knee and if it stopped then he knew the ligament was still connected. After about 30 seconds he said "I'm really sorry, but you did tear your ACL." Instant tears came to my eyes and i felt my whole world crumble around me. My sports career had defined me and being a 6'1" girl going into her sophomore year I knew that I HAD to get through this!I made varsity volleyball my freshman year and jv/varsity basketball that year as well. I find it funny when people say "your whole world flashes before you"...i felt my whole future flash before me. I saw me missing out on my volleyball and basketball season, being unhappy, crying alot, and surgery!My pt was 100% sure, but if there was anyone who would be able to tell if you tore anything...it would be him. The next day i visited a local doctor and she also examined my knee but wasn't positive what i had done because of the swelling. I had a MRI scheduled the next day and if anyone has ever gotten a MRI, they are not comfortable ha ha. I came home about 3 days later. My mom had this look on her face of sadness and I knew that she had gotten the results from the MRI and clearly they weren't good. So it ended up that I had completely torn my ACL, strained my MCL, and bruised the bones around the area. I met my orthopedic surgeon the next week and he was very cool about the whole thing. He even said that I could walk and live my life normally but i couldn't run or jump or do anything to jeopardize hurting my knee anymore. So basically the whole next month I hung out with friends and did all the stuff I would normally do except for be super active. Then the date July 13 rolled around and I was getting ready to go into the operating room. The whole process took about 6 hours to get checked in, operated on, and checked out. The weird thing is that i had a slight meniscus tear and MCL tear that my doctor caught while operating so make sure your surgeon catches everything that's wrong because the MRI can miss something and you do NOT want to go back in for another surgery. Now I don't think that everyone uses it, but my doctor prescribed me the CPM machine. (Continuous Passive Motion) This thing is a life saver and it gets your knee moving right away. So literally 30 minutes after i had gotten home i strapped my knee in the machine and it was moving it up to 40 degrees and straightening it to 0 degrees for the first four days. Then for the next couple days you move it up 5-10 degrees each day until you get to 90. I've been upping it 10 each day and am already at 70. I go in to see my doctor in two days so I'm planning on getting to 90 and getting off the machine by the end of the week. I've even been doing leg lifts and exercises. I'm hoping to start physical therapy next week or so. I know that process will be long and hard but I'm ready! I'm missing out on all my best friends and sisters last volleyball season and some friends basketball season. I know this is a super long story , i hope it helped you in one way or another. And remember: its okay to cry, your life is not over(even athletically), you will get frustrated, it will hurt, and GOD is always with you..the WHOLE way through. If you have any questions or anything you can comment below.


Sincerely, Madi (:

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Jun 02, 2015
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Feb 20, 2012
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Same problems NEW
by: Mikayla

Wow I tore my acl the exact same day as you. I am 14 now and I am still recovering. I missed my entire volleyball and basketball seasons. I would really like to talk with you more because we have common interests and I need someone to talk to who understands what I m goin through. I have surgery about 2 weeks after you. There's a boy who's 4 years older then me at my school and he had surgery two months after me and now he's playing already are you playing again yet? How far are you? What activities are you doing? Please respond I would love to have someone to talk to

Aug 17, 2011
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similar situation
by: Anonymous

Hi Im Maddy and I am 17. I also tore my ACL in June playing soccer. I decided to wait 2 months for my surgery so that I could still go on with my summer plans and increase the range of motion in my knee. My surgery is tomorrow and I am getting pretty nervous. I am scared about the general anesthetic and am worried that the pain will be intolerable. These past few weeks my knee has been feeling great and I have sometimes even forgotten I am hurt. I am trying to put this in perspective since it is just a sports injury and not anything life threatening. I know things could have gone a lot worse but I am not looking forward to the next few weeks. I hope you are feeling well, you seem to be handling this well. I hope you are feeling better too, Riley! I cried the first two nights after I found out I needed surgery and was sad about it for weeks. Thank you all for sharing your stories! This blog has really helped boost my confidence.

Aug 11, 2011
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Thank You
by: Riley Wynne

My name is Riley and I'm 15 years old I tore my acl playing along with my meniscous. I had started reading your article earlier today and the went to the movies. When I got home something inside me just broke down I relized all of the things I can't do and I've just never felt so weak and dependent it's the most unbearable feeling ever. After getting home from the movies i just cried and cried and wallowed in my self pity i came back out to my living room got on my computer and read the rest of your article. All this time I had been telling myself "don't cry! You're making it worse" I am sick i feel weak and like a baby but after reading your article it's the first time I've actually felt good since my surgery the first time i relized it really is okay to cry and it really isn't over! So thank you! Your article has made MY journey through this hardship a little bit easier :)

Aug 03, 2011
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by: Maggie

Hi! I had my ACL recontruction and meniscus repair two days after you! I'm 17 and going into my senior year at school. I injured myself in a summer volleyball league and will have to miss my school season :( I understand where you are coming from when it comes to disbelief. I always thought this happened to other people, not me! I'm finding that the mental aspect is very rough for me. How are you doing emotionally?

Jul 30, 2011
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Hey! Wow does your story seem familiar! I'm gonna be a senior in high school this year and I made the girl's varsity basketball team as a freshman. I never had any serious injuries till my freshman year. In one play, I dislocated my left knee cap, completely tore my ACL, 30% of my meniscus, and severe bone bruising. I heard the pop, my dad on the bench heard the pop, and my friends said my knee looked nasty. My coach popped it back into place and I knew i tore my ACL, my coach thought I did, but the hospital said i was fine. I got an MRI and sure enough the ACL was gone. My sophomore year, I got back to playing and in January, I went for a rebound and a girl from the opposing team and one of my teammates landed on me when i landed after going for a rebound. I felt a pop in my other knee (the right one). I knew i tore my ACL but didn't want to believe it. I had PT check it and they said i was fine. so i continued to play for a month after the ACL tear and my knee kept going out on me and found out i had been playing with no ACL. It was horrible news, I couldn't believe i was going to have to go through it again. But thankfully, I finished my junior year with no knee injuries. I just wanted to encourage you that you can get through this, you will have some days that aren't the greatest, but it is worth it in the end. Believe it or not, I am thankful for my knee injuries now. They have helped me grow so much in life. And as far as athletics, it isn't over. I've had a bunch of colleges look at me and about 8-10 offers from different schools. Good luck! :)

Jul 29, 2011
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Me too!
by: Jael

HI,
The way you got hurt is like mine except. I was playing soccer in a pre season varsity tournament. I was going for this girl and my team mate came to help and we all ended in a pile on the ground!

I know what you mean. It seems like you whole career is over. It very hard mentally!
Stick with it! Like you said GOD is with you! And He even has a purpose for this! I know I have gotten to meet and reach out to so many people I would have not other wise had the chance to meet!


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