On December 31, 2019, I was skiing and hurt my knee. I didn't know how bad the tear was, but I knew it was at least a torn ACL. I immediately flew home and went to TOA for an MRI, and found out that I had torn my ACL, LCL, and Meniscus. When I heard the news, I wasn't sure that I'd be able to continue to do the things I enjoyed in life. I'm a pretty active person, and I knew knee injuries were serious so I was scared. When I told people that I injured my knee, they would always say they were sorry for me, and that I'd be in their thoughts and prayers. I even had a guy say that he'd had something similar happen to his knee, and he was never the same again after his injury. When people would tell me this I would think about the uphill climb I had to get back to normal and how hard it was going to be, but I would also remind myself that I had a great team at TOA on my side led by Dr. Paul Crook.
At four months out from surgery, I was able to run a mile without stopping. It was an amazing feeling. At six months, I was able to run multiple miles without pain and I was working out 3 to 4 times a week. Now, at nine months, I can confidently say that I am fully recovered and able to participate in all the activities I loved to do before my injury. I know that without Dr. Crook and his amazing team at TOA, that I wouldn't be in the same place that I am right now. I owe my recovery to them and their expertise and experience!