November 22, 2012 I tore my ACL and MCL in my right knee. I was devasted, I cried myself to sleep. I was a sophomore in high school, I was asked to play on the varsity basketball team. That went down the drain when I tore those ligaments. I didn't know how to carry myself and didn't know how to deal with not playing basketball. Nine long, hard, and painful months went by. I was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch my team be successful without me. I had to carry myself in a way I didn't know how to and it was to believe in myself. I eventually got out of my funk, and was able to play my junior year of basketball! I was so excited!
February 19, 2013 I had my second ACL surgery on my right knee. How depressing, being able to actually play basketball was a dream I wanted to achieve but to happen twice? I didn't know if I could actually believe in myself again. I was forced once again to sit on the bench and watch the team win without me. I cheered them on, but it was never the same. The first month after surgery was the hardest. I cried myself to sleep every night, I stayed up until the crack of dawn just thinking of what could have been. I never got any sleep and I became depressed, until I got the news I could possibly not play my senior year of basketball. That's when I decided to pick myself up.
I forced myself to work hard and pushed my body in physical therapy. I was sore every day. I knew it was what I had to do in order to be successful. I only dreamed of playing again.
My dream came true, I was able to play my senior year of high school basketball. I never thought I could have done that, but I did. It was the best thing I could have done for myself. I finally had to positive attitude to do things. I believed in myself and that's the best thing I could have done for myself.
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