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Thursday 11/28/13 time 12:46 PM

It seems like time has wings. Itīs already late Movember, nearly 3 months since my last surgery, and around 8 months since I injured myself again last spring, and yet Iīm not fit for football. I canīt hide it - these months have been (and still are) a real struggle. I keep fighting but even the hardest fighter meets moments when it feels like it would be easier to give up.

When you work on rehabilitation from day to day fully focused on getting better it might get really hard when your body isnīt working and progressing as hoped. The perspective narrows and you might start seeing things from a negative point of view.

But the last few weeks have again given me a glimpse of hope. Iīve had some progress at the gym and Iīve copied a very effective new training method from the cross-country skiers:  walking uphill accompanied by ski sticks. The best thing is that my knee seems to tolerate this type of training well. I even hope to be able to progress and start running uphill in a few weeks. After a good training session with less pain in the knee and body full of endorphins you suddenly see things from a different angle. For me this means that I realize that it really isn’t that long since my last surgery nor since I injured myself for the first time, and that my knee doesnīt hurt in everyday life anymore. I’ve also found great joy from the newly started co-operation with a new physical coach who has great understanding for athletes coming back from longtime injuries. And finally, Iīve actually made some progress in the last weeks!

My spirit can be found in the words of Rocky Balboa: "You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"


Keywords: Rehabilitation, movember, Rocky


11/29/13 12:33 PM  Terhi

I like Rocky's philosophy. :) As an afterthought, after you have been hit, albeit moving forward, it's not the same as if you were never hit. It's going to impact you for a while, right? Keep up the positive thinking, fight to get better, don't fight your body for not being already where your mind wants it to be. At least that's been one of the the biggest struggles for me in this rehabilitation process. :)

12/17/13 11:37 AM  Otto

Hi Terhi,

Wise words you wrote. Thank you so much for them!

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