My Story

Hi My name is ashley, I am 14 years old. I tore my ACL in a allstar basketball game on April 23, 2010. IT was the worse pain Ive ever had. I could here something in my knee pop when I fell. Well I was helped up to the bench and sat for a while and iced it. So I tried to walk to see if I could go back in. When I was walking It was painful and I felt my knee moving out of place everytime I walked. So I knew something was wrong. I went to have a MRI and it said that I tore my ACL. ANd that I had to have surgery if I wanted to do the basic stuff in basketball and I couldnt play for 6-12 months. From that point, I fell apart. I felt like it was the end of the world and I struggled with it. I cried everyday for the first 2 weeks but I got stronger as I went. I would always ask god why it happened to me. So I worked on the answer as I went. ON may 27, I had mt surgery. I was scared but I knew I had my family, friends, and most importantly GOD with me. . I literally cried in every room I went into on the day of surgery. The IV doesnt hurt that bad so dont worry about it. Well the last thing that I remember before I fell asleep was the doctor was putting the medicine into my IV and she told me I was going to feel tingling in my body and in my private area. I felt it for like 2 seconds and I was out of it. ANd then I woke up, it feels like u just took a 5 min. nap. When u wake up, u feel so tired and like u havent slept in weeks. The pain I had when I woke up was about a 6 from 1 to 10. I went home the next day and I had alot of pain that day it was about a 7. But i took my medicine and I felt better but it made me really tired and have headaches alot. Those first week u are jus going to be so tired and wanting to just rest. THose 4 days after my surgery u just like lay in bed and rest cause when u stand ur knee thrubs and it hurts. IM about at my 3 and a half months. I jus started running and jumping not to long ago. U might be nervous ur first jump cus I was. But I was also happy that i made it this far. And to jus always remember to keep working hard at therapy. I have figured out the answer to that question, why god did it to me. I think it happened to me, to change me. SInce my injury Ive made alot of changes and Im a better person. I jus feel so different in my life since the injury. I think the journey u have through ur acl injury is more important than the destination to getting back to playing basketball. The lesson Ive learned through this injury is that DONT EVER GIVE UP. ANd u feel that since this, U CAN GET THROUGH ANY OBSTICLE IN LIFE NO MATTER WHAT IT IS. IVe also realized how important my family and friends are to me. For other people that have torn there ACL, jus remember YOU CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING !!!! :)

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Jan 26, 2012
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im soo late, but i have great updates NEW
by: Jazzmine

so my surgery was june 17, 2011 im 7 months post op right now && i justed started playing basketball again at the beginning of this month. my knee feels great !! i feel like im back to my normal self. im back in the starting lineup && one of the lead scorers again. i will just be happy when i dont have to wear that bigg brace anymore, it gets tiring too have to run up && down on the court for 8 mins, with 2 extra pounds added to your leg! but my goals are too finish out the rest of this season & go play aau & make it to nationals && also too just stay healthy .

Oct 25, 2011
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I did to!!
by: Anonymous

I am 14 and I tore my acl in late april playing basketball for my aau team and i didnt get it looked at until august and I have to have my surgery on 12/16/11 and right now I have a month and a half until my surgery and im really scared!! Many people have told me that it will unbearably painful I know it will be painful. People have also told me that i will never be able to play basketball again. I want to prove them wrong but i needed and still need some confidence and a lot of help to prove them wrong. Your story is really helping me in gaining confidence to prove them wrong THANK YOU!!!!!

Jun 06, 2011
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To Jazmine & Juan
by: Ashley

Hey guys , sorry for getting back to you guys so late. Jazmine I really hope your doing good and fullfillin your dreams in basketball. & I will check out your video. I would love to help or talk to anyone about this. Juan thanks , I hope your doing well . & I hope it did change you like it changed me.

Jan 26, 2011
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im glad it impacted your life
by: juan

hey i am glad it impacted your life.. right now i am laying in bed with very little pain and i had my surgery today 1/25/11. god is with u as he is with me and every1 else. my story kinda relates to this too.. i am 15 years old and i tore my acl and ruptured my meniscus in the summer playing football but i barley got surgery due to financial needs but then again like i said god is and has been with me because my surgeon actualy donated it 4 me.. and my main sport is basketball also.. well anyways i have also changed since all that he has done 4 me and after reading your story(first story i clicked on) i thought how crazy.. well hope u get well quick and fullfil your dreams:) god bless you..

Jan 16, 2011
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your story is helping me out soo much, because i can relate to it
by: Jazzmine

this is exactly how i fill, its soo hard to have to sit on the bench and cheer your team on, when thats usually me out on the court and their cheering me on. but like when i read your story it was basically like everything that happened to me is all here except i haven't had my surgery yet. but when i found out that i tore mine, i cried almost every day, because its my freshmen year, and everybody in my town has been waiting on me to finally get to high school so they can see me and my older sister play together and we were having a really good season together, leader are team in the most points, rebounds, steals, and assists ; and plus shes a senior so we will never play together again, and this is also the first year that my school girls basketball team has, had the record 12-0 and i got my team to this point and i cant even finish it off. but the doctor dosent want to do it because im still not completely mobile with my knee. but im supposed to go back on the 25. but reading your story is really helping me out alot, because i still dont know what to do because now i fill like i really dont having anything too live for with out basketball !! and my life has been soo boring, and i think im starting to gain weight because i cant really do anything and before i was so active. and now because i keep hearing " oh your acl is so important and most people dont recover from that and stuff, and then they say but your young so you should recover" soo now i got alot of what if's going through my head and i really just need somebody that i can relate too, too talk to about this situation.
bu if yu want too look at my highlight tape, before i got hurt you can look me up on youtube @ Jazzmine Cook or Indian Creek vs. Alpharetta 8G ( im #21 on indian creek), or you can google my name on google .

Jan 10, 2011
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I can relate!
by: Anonymous

This is exactly how I feel. After tearing mine, I had suh a hard time sitting on the sidelines at games and watching everyone else be able to play. I'm glad your surgery and recovery went well and hope mine goes the same way

Nov 07, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Thanks Guys. I wanna help as much as I can, cus its been hard for me. and I wouldnt want anybody to go through what I did. And I hope yalls son and daughter is dong well. And I used a Cadaver. It is really good. And the scar isnt to big.

Oct 31, 2010
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Great Job!
by: Jael

Good job! keep up the good work!
When I found out that I had to have surgery I cried a lot too! It just seemed like I was missing out on soo much! And I had the same question for God that you did! WHY? But your story encouraged me! THANK YOU!

Oct 21, 2010
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WHICH GRAFT OPTION DID YOU GET?
by: Sid

Hi,

I hope you're doing fine. My son tore his acl. He is 13 yrs old. I wanted to know which graft option do your parents choose for you.

Thanks and have a nice day,

Sid

Oct 09, 2010
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Great Courage
by: Dawn

She story is well written and compelling. My daughter was 11 years old when she tore her ACL. She went though most of the ups and downs that you have gone through. She is one year out and played softball and is playing field hockey now. We just found out that she has to have surgery on her meniscus. She was upset to but is also getting stronger every day. She is 12 years old now. I think I will show her your story! Best of Luck to You and God Bless.

Oct 07, 2010
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yeahhH!
by: Anonymous

awesome.

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