broken, sprained or fractured anything throughout my life. That is until August
2012. A simple game of Queen of the Rink.. during practice. Most derby girls
are injured in a bout, but apparently I'm special. Determined to heal quick, I
showed up to all the team's events, practices, and bouts believing it would
help me heal faster. Mind over matter tends to work. And miraculously I did
heal quicker than the doctor predicted.
By December, I was super ready to skate my very first bout. I was so excited, my worries about possibly breaking
my ankle again disappeared. And I didn't need to worry- I succeeded in
maintaining the structure of my bones throughout the bout. Then in late
January, I broke my other ankle. This time- during my favorite game- tag. I
guess you could say I have weak ankles. I learned my lesson too late- do not
attempt a Matrix move on skates.
I fell back into the process of healing my ankle faster by keeping active with the team and in my daily life. If I healed
within 4 weeks last time, this ankle will heal just as fast if not quicker.
Except this time I had ice and snow to deal with, so there were a few painful slips.
After the 2nd broken ankle, my confidence dropped. Once I was able to
skate again, I didn't skate to the fullest. I became hesitant during scrimmages
and was held back by fear of injuring myself again. It took a few months to
learn that my "bionic" ankles are sturdy enough since I've tested them in many
a practice. I noticed a confidence boost and am allowing myself to push harder.
I will not let fear hinder me.
I ignored those who thought I should quit roller derby. They didn't know the addictiveness roller derby has on a skater.
They did not understand that this was now my way of life- that without derby, I
wouldn't be living life to the edge, I live for adventure. And without that
adventure, life isn't worth living. Even if that means breaking a couple of bones