May 27 2010

bigbill

Better Late Than Never

Posted at 9:00 am under Uncategorized

I know for a fact that everyone who participates in this blog can never truly understand how the simple act of writing about your experiences with this injury touches so many lives. For each person who blogs about their experience and gives supports to others through the comments, there are MANY people who receive comfort and encouragement who read the blog, that never write a single word. How do I know? Because for the past 13 weeks I have been one of them.

Since the day I injured myself, this has been my favorite, most visited site on the internet. I could not get enough about people’s experiences with this injury. Your stories let me know what I was up against, gave me hope, and also were a form a therapy. With all the ways this site has helped me, I thought how great it would be to share my story and help others the same way the site helped me, but, like with many other things in life that I should or want to do, I never got around to it…. Well that’s until now!

Although it’s a little later than I wanted, I’ll try to retrace my journey up until this point. Bear in mind, my memory is not the greatest, but I’ll do what I can to recall exactly how I felt at the time.

So a little background about myself. Obviously, my name is Bill. I am a 31 year old male that was a former highschool athlete (primarily Baseball and Basketball) that now sits at a desk for 40 hours a week. In recent years, within the last 6 or so, I picked up golf, which has quickly become one of my favorite past times in the world. I enjoy staying active, playing in Basketball on the weekends, basketball and golf intramural leagues, all while trying to make it to the gym 3 times a week to run, Tae Bo, or do light weight lifting. About 1 year and half ago, shortly after turning 30 (and ironically a few months after getting married), I strained my lower back for the first time I playing basketball. I saw a physical therapist for a few weeks to receive treatment. What I learned from the experience with the PT was how much I lacked flexibility in general and how important stretching is. From that point forward, I made it a point the stretch prior to doing ANY activity.

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