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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
- TITLE: To Lose A Dream
By Brita Skinner
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“I know dear. But, we don’t know anything right now. You never know, you could be back on the court bumping and setting that ball soon. Have faith.” Her mom replied trying to understand how her daughter was feeling.
“Well Samantha, how are you feeling? How is the knee?” The doctor asked walking into the room.
“I have been better and it still hurts. I feel like I have just injured it.” Samantha told the doctor, seeing him as though for the first time.
“I have had the chance to review your x-rays, and it looks like you have dislocated your knee and torn one of the tendons.” He replied setting her file down and walking over to the bed.
“What does that mean? Will I ever be able to play Volleyball again?” Samantha asked fearing what she was about to hear.
“Samantha, the damage to your knee is extensive. You are going to have a long recovery process. I can’t promise you that it is going to be easy; it is going to be hard and painful. Even after your knee heals, no matter what you do, it is never going to be as strong as it once was. For you, volleyball is no longer an option. The risk of re-injuring it is just too great. I am sorry. I know that volleyball was your life.” He told her, trying to break the news to her as gently as possible.
“No, this can’t be. You can’t be telling me that that little fall destroyed my career as a volleyball player.” Samantha said as her tears finally started to fall. All her fears were being realized.
“Samantha, I know that this is hard for you to hear. I know how you are feeling. A few years ago I was the star of my high school basketball team. I took a nasty fall and destroyed not only my knee but my ankle too. After I got through the shock that all my hopes and dreams were gone, I realized that I could still do something. Now I am here helping other athletes who get hurt and I am also coaching basketball to a community team. There are options for you; you just have to look for them. And lean on your faith, it will help get you through.” He replied seeing the beautiful women who sat before him hurting both physically and emotionally.
“I will try and remember that. I just never thought it would end like this.” Samantha replied shuttering.
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“And that is how my career as a volleyball player ended. And as upset as I was at the time, I look at you, I look at your brother and your sister, and I know that if I had not gotten hurt, I would not have this life.” Samantha said as her husband walked into the room.
“And to think my love, if you had not gotten hurt, I would not have been your doctor and we never would have met.” He replied kissing her check and laying a hand on his daughters head.
“Sometimes the greatest gifts come wrapped in strange packages.” Samantha replied counting every one of her blessings. “Now Dr. Smith we have a practice to get to.”
“Yes we do Dr. Smith. And Dr Smith, just in case I have not told you lately. You are a wonderful doctor and I love you.”
“I love you too. Meeting you was the greatest gift I ever received.”
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