Monday, February 28, 2011

Change of course

It’s funny how in a blink of an eye your life can change for better or worse. In split seconds, I went from training for my first ever half-marathon to being hit by a car while walking in a parking lot. Bang. I was transported by ambulance to the hospital to learn that I suffered an Acute Tibial Plateau Fracture.

After receiving the initial diagnosis from an ER visit, I met with an orthopedic surgeon last week.  He feels with the type of fracture I suffered and the type of active lifestyle I want to lead, Open Reduction Surgery is the best alternative. Bang. Restricted workouts. No marathon. Instead, I’ll spend the next 12 weeks recovering, rehabbing, and focusing on my diet.

Things certainly don’t always work out the way we plan. I’m a very organized person, a planner. With that said, I’ve learned the hard way on many occasions that my plan is not always, the plan. Believe you me -- I had no intention on rehabbing a fractured leg. For goodness’ sake, Megan was about to take my training to the next level; I was gaining momentum with my weight training; my jogging was coming along well; my physical endurance at its peak. Just as I’m stomping obesity down. Bam. Just like that. Sidelined. Curtailed.

Needless to say, this is a very difficult time for me. I have worked really, really hard to get to this level – physically. I am angry, sad, frustrated, and disappointed. Surely, these are all normal feelings to have after a derailment of this sort.

The course has changed. My spirit, however, remains intact. The will, determination, desire is still very much alive in me. The same fight that has propelled me to lose 155 lbs. will guide me through the recovery process too. Like legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, said: "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

Counting my blessings... 
  1. It's only a broken leg
  2. I’m not paralyzed
  3. I’m relatively fit so that will aid in my quick, recovery
  4. I am surrounded by awesome, positive, encouraging folks who want me to, and will help me succeed.

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