If you follow me across social media you will (hopefully!) have seen my journey to recovery following a spontaneous knee injury in November, and resulting in surgery. I am currently coming up to 3 weeks post-op and getting stronger every day.
Experiences like this can completely shake up and transform your life, I am sharing them with you in hopes that you can learn a little something from what I went through.
When your health is taken away from you, suddenly the little stresses of life get put into perspective. The frustration with mediocre sessions at the gym and finding every excuse not to go for a run don’t seem quite as important. Instead you realize the true value of having a healthy, fit and functioning body and an incredible support team of people around you. They are the real priorities in life.
Take Care Of Your Health
Quite frankly, my recovery has been ridiculously fast. I climbed 4 flights of stairs same day post-op, whereas most patients need a week before they can do the same. I personally put it down to the fact that before my operation I was super fit and healthy. I think that my body quite literally bounced back after surgery because of my positive energy after such a operation and seeing everything as a challenge and not a defeat! This experience has provided me with buckets of motivation to keep continuing with my healthy lifestyle into the future, so I can bounce back from any further challenges life throws at me.
Humans Are Lovely
At least the ones in my life have been. I have been blown away by how many people reached out after my surgery, the well wishes and how absolutely understanding and encouraging my in person PT clients have been… I really felt that the moments I wasn’t physically able to run with them or jump up and down and push them I would be disappointing them. But that was not the case at all, I didn’t have a single person get frustrated with me and that meant the world to me.
I have never before experienced so much gratitude. Gratitude to be able to stand, to walk, to move my body. Gratitude to get outdoors, to enjoy green space and to breath in fresh air. Gratitude for the people in my life, the love of those I am closest to and the support I have received. Gratitude for my body for fighting for me every damn day and making me stronger. Endless gratitude in every sense of the word.
You Never Know
Limping around and walking slowly has probably been the most embarrassing thing I’ve been through, because again I put so much value onto my athletic abilities that being in snail mode has made me so uncomfortable that I just look down when I’m walking in the shopping center etc. But it made me realize, you never know what someone is going through. Because I have been met with many glares and confused expressions, since I look healthy, and am usually in active wear. In reality, so many people have invisible illnesses and you never know who might need a helping hand or a kind gesture.
There Is Always Good In A Bad Situation
Honestly, I have taken so many positives from what I have been through; for one, the life lessons in this article are all amazing things that have come from my experience. It has also given me time to spend with people I love, say no to things I don’t want to do (yes, I maybe used it as an excuse a few times) time to reflect on what is important to me and time away from the madness of my everyday life. I have had to slow down and its been welcome relief from my usual fast paced routine.
In recovery, you can’t just sit back and hope you will get stronger. You have to take daily action to work towards that goal. I literally an hour every day focusing on recovery, from Compex programs we run on both legs to even mobility. I have been working in the gym by myself and will start seeing a Biokinetecist in January to tap into their knowledge. I am not going to leave this to chance, I am going to be proactive and ensure that I come back stronger than ever.
A Positive Mindset Is Everything
You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it. It is perfectly natural to have a few break downs and a little cry every now and then, but you aren’t going to get any better if you spend all your valuable energy feeling sorry for yourself. You need to pick yourself up and use the power of positivity. I celebrate every little win and am always working towards the next milestone; I honestly believe that my positive mindset has helped my recovery exponentially.
And the biggest lesson of all… every day/walk/run is a gift. I have never before been so grateful to be able to run and move. I have come face to face with the fragility of my active lifestyle and now I honestly push harder in my workouts with an acute awareness of how lucky I am to be able to move and exercise.