Mostly, I feel like nothing can stop me. I mean, when I want something I go after it. I work hard, and I play hard, too. But being hit by a car isn’t something you can control. Luckily, when that happened to me, my dad was nearby. He carried me in his arms to the ER, only a few blocks away. It seemed like forever. I don’t remember much else about that day, but I do remember getting better. My physical therapists were awesome. Soon I was able to stand, then walk, and now I’m back to running. And I can run even faster than before.
It was just a Saturday soccer match. My opponent was racing at me fast, and we hit, hard. Then, everything happened so fast. It was like I blinked, and my dad had me at the emergency room, and I blinked again, and a doctor was there, already helping me. He said he had come from his own child’s soccer game. Soon I had my cast on – I picked black, because it’s a serious color and I was serious about getting better fast. My dad told me this kind of fracture once ended athletic careers, but no longer. That made me feel better. I was glad medicine had changed and I would heal. I wanted to get back to my team. I knew it would happen soon, because my doctor and his team were behind me, 100%.
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I just like to do what makes me happy. I like getting As on my report cards. I like the feeling when I’m wearing my gymnastics medals. And I like making my mothers proud. We’re a close family, and celebrate every victory together. When I hurt my knee and didn’t know if I could ever do gymnastics again, we sat down to make my medical care decision together. When my doctor saw how scared I was, she told me she had once been a gymnast like me. She promised that after I was back at gymnastics, we would go out and turn cartwheels together and celebrate.
I was 15 years old when I suffered a knee injury on the basketball court. My mother took me to a local emergency department in the Valley where I was X-rayed and told I needed a cast. Because of my health insurance plan, I was turned away – told to go to OIC. Thanks to OIC’s expertise, I was quickly diagnosed with a far more serious condition – a rare injury that could have cost me the limb, possibly my life. Within hours of diagnosis, I had emergency surgery for Compartment Syndrome. OIC saved my leg, and preserved my passion for playing my favorite sport.
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