“Giving up should never be an option”

Nickname: – Emily20
Your Age: – 18
City: – Johnstown
State/Country (if outside U.S.): – Pennsylvania
Sport/Activity: – Volleyball
Tell Your Story / Post a Follow Up:
I tore my ACL my sophomore year of basketball. I had surgery done and when I came off my injury I tore it again hitting in volleyball. I did not realize I tore it until later complications during track .I went to a doctor in Pittsburgh and they gave me the option of getting surgery and missing my senior year of volleyball or play on it and risk further damage. I chose to get surgery. Of course it was not the easiest choice to make. I was looking at the big picture. I have always had a dream about playing volleyball in college and if I waited any longer for the surgery I would not have been healthy on time for club season when it really mattered. I got the surgery done in June and had to be on crutches all summer which was not my idea of fun. Let alone knowing I would be out for 9-12 months. On top of everything I ended up in the hospital with a blood clot. At that point I was so frustrated and wanted to give up. But why should I stop when I made it this far? I believe that if you love something enough, you’ll fight for it. I sat through every single volleyball practice/ game this season and instead of being negative about it I educated myself on the game. My coach let me help out with the team and everyone was super supportive. Watching them succeed was rewarding in itself. I went to physical therapy and did everything I could to gain back strength. I still am continuing to work with my trainer. Working hard is so important if you want to get anywhere. You have to stay positive and realize why you are going through with it. I believe that giving up should never be an option especially when it comes to following your dreams. Give it all you got no matter what you are doing. You should never be satisfied. Know that once you start there is no looking back. Right now my knee feels better than ever and I have started some practicing with my club team. I visited the college of my choice on crutches and met with the coach face to face. I told her my story and I am now continuing my volleyball career at Immaculate University.

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