1 year anniversary!

Today is my one year anniversary.  I can’t believe it.  In some aspects it seems like it was forever and in others it seemed like yesterday.

I tore my right Achilles while playing basketball.  No fancy move or anything– running and  I pivoted and then I heard a big pop.  I immediately fell to the ground in agony.  The next day I went to the doctors.  My ankle had swollen double the size of what it normally looked like.  They knew right away it was a torn Achilles .  Two days later I had surgery.  The surgery wasn’t bad and the days to follow werent bad, only because I had a nerve block and could feel NOTHING.  A week later I could feel the pain but nothing terrible.  It honestly felt better immediately after the surgery than how it felt when it happened.

Fast foward a year later.  I still have tightness, especially in the mornings when I wake up.  I dont run much anymore, not because of my Achilles but because I am doing Barre and Yoga now.  I think running would help out with the tightness that I have but I do not like running.  Plus its Wisconsin and its cold here right now so not a lot of options, or at least thats my excuse!

My leg isnt quite its normal size, again probably because I’m not strengthening it as much as I should.  It gets good streching through Yoga and Barre though.

I have a lot of scar tissue that and a huge scar, but I was lucky enough (not) to get a Keloid scar so it is a gross looking scar.  I hear years later it may go down a little bit but I think im stuck with this guy for life.

I haven’t tried to play basketball yet.  I love the game but am scared of re rupturing it.  I know I’ll have to start running again if basketball will ever be an option again.

For all of you out there that have just started this journey.  Its a tough one, I wont lie.  But there are some positives.  Some positives for me were that I became more independent and emotionally stronger.  I got rid of the people in my life that were toxic and had no time for me while I was in pain or needed help.  I also realized that I was more independent than I thought I was.  At the age of 27 and being a female living on her own, I’m not going to lie it was extremely hard.  I had a lot of help from my mom and my co workers.  I am blessed with some pretty good people in my life.  But for those everyday things while I’m home alone I had to do it on my own.  If it was going out to get my mail or reaching up high for a cup that was really far up in my cabinet, I did it. You can do it.  There were times I was sitting at home on the couch just bored out of my mind and wallowing in self pitty.  I thought it was going to last forever, but nothing last forever.  I would say the first 2-3 months are the hardest– but everyday it will get better. Trust me, you are a lot stronger than you think you are.

Im thankful for this site and all of the people who gave me advice.  I hope I helped a few people along the way.  Good luck to whoever is reading this! You can do it!


2 Responses to “1 year anniversary!”

  1. If you want to reduce the scar get some silicon sheets or gel. Silicon is the only verified way to reduce the look of scars. I used it on my heel and am using it on 2 scars from skin cancer spots.

    And if you want to play basketball do! You’re too young to not be doing more aerobic exercising :) I’m back to playing soccer and doing all my exercise classes and I’m over twice your age - LOL!

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