“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
(lyrics from “Closing Time” written by Dan Wilson)
I started this blog in 2012 to capture/track my progress through an intense surgery (a DeNovo NT tissue graft under my right patella and a tibial tubercle osteotomy) and the extended rehabilitation that came with it. Turned out it was YEARS of rehab. I’ve tracked much of the journey here, sharing the many ups and downs after a life-altering injury/surgery.
I won’t lie; I’ve struggled since initial injury in March 2010. I’m still working hard at it every day. But I’m not sorry that I had the surgery, and I still firmly believe that all the blood, sweat and tears will be worth it in the end.
This is the important part. > The thing I’ve learned just this year, and more importantly learned to appreciate, is that I would not be doing what I’m doing now if it weren’t for the unexpected turn my life took when I broke my knee. At the time, and for years after, I lamented the fact that I would never ride competitively again. My show career was over. For a very long time, I was essentially beating my head against a wall because I was convinced that I had to get back to doing everything that I was doing before the injury.
What I missed while being upset about what I’d lost is that, while part of my life was ending, a whole other world was beginning to open up. Before this, I would never have bought my first “real” bike and logged thousands of miles since. I would never have done the fun, little triathlon (twice). I wouldn’t be slogging around for hours at my favorite city park. I wouldn’t have made new friends in the gym or with the bike.
Life isn’t, as I once complained to my physical therapist, over. It’s just different. And it’s good.
A little about me
My favorite color is blue. I like llamas, barnacles, Chuck Norris, sweet and sour chicken, spying on my neighbors, and pretending I’m the next Roger Ebert.
The posts here about the knee were becoming boring and repetitive–plus, I’m way more than just my knee– so I’ve started to mix things up a bit with glimpses of my life that doesn’t revolve around my knee. Now you’ll randomly find soliloquies about cycling, riding (horses) and life in general.
If you want to contact me in real life, shoot me an email at blueboots08 at gmail dot com.
Pretty standard disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional, and this blog simply chronicles my personal experience. I do not suggest that anyone reading this take action based on my experience. Every recovery is different, and you should discuss options with your own care team.