As My Feet Hit The Spring Board, Time Feels Like It Has

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As my feet hit the spring board, time feels like it has stopped. I have fallen so many times before, but this time is different. I complete my finishing pass with a double back tuck and slam to the ground. Immediately crumbling to the floor, my entire left leg is tingling, my heart is pounding out of my chest, tears rolling down my cheek. I’m not yet aware that I just tore every major ligament and all of the cartilage in my left knee.
I began gymnastics at Gymboree when I was only three years old, I competed in my first competition when I was seven years old, going onto winning my first medal at the age of eight. After competing for nine years, I was entering my freshman year of high school my parents told me to make a choice between …show more content…

At the gym I was able to release all my emotions and stresses, freeing my mind and body for a few hours a day. Every pass I landed, I felt myself pushing boundaries of my physical and mental courage. Quickly, gymnastics became my whole life, the only place I wanted to be. It did, at least, until that November night.
There are few things I remember from that night, I vividly remember my coach telling me seconds before I fell, she couldn’t wait to watch me win state champions this year. Everything turned blurry until I woke up in my brother’s arms being carried through the emergency room. Six and a half hours later, I woke up from surgery in the hospital staring up at the white tile ceiling going in and out of consciousness. I had two IV 's in my left arm releasing fluids and pain medicine into my body, my left leg cradled in a continuous passive motion machine (CPM) slowly bending and straightening my knee, at this point I was not aware of the damage that was done to my left knee. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief and fear flow through me as my doctors walked into my hospital room; I learned that in addition to having peroneal nerve damage, I had torn my left knee 's posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The doctors warned me prior to surgery of some potential long-term side effects that can occur after

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