The return process....looking through a wider lens

Four months ago I had my superior labrum (SLAP) repaired in my right shoulder.  A common injury with volleyball players.  I had gone through two knee surgeries in my days, but every injury has its own set of challenges.  One peace I could rest in is that I had “done it before.”  There is some power and faith stemmed from past procedures and experiences.  The challenge I always face is becoming too narrow minded during the rehab process.  Frustrated with where you think your “progress should be.”  If I look at an example of a week of rehab...Monday through Wednesday I’m crushing it, and then Thursday and Friday I am forced to shut the engine down due to pain and fatigue.  I begin processing what I did wrong or why it reacted that way.   It is easy to feel you’ve taken 3 steps backwards, but as my wise coach told me, even though you had to shut it down for two days, you are still stronger and further along in the process then you were two weeks ago or even a month ago.  That mindset helped me take a step back and look at my progress with a different set of eyes.  Ones with a wider lens.  It has allowed me to find peace and celebrate the little victories in my climb back to 100%.   Celebrate the layers you add daily...whether it be rest, cutting back on exercises, or just believing that whatever you do today is adding to the bigger picture…a day of rest is still adding to the strength of your full recovery.  

A big thank you to the AMAZING USA training and strength staff: Jill Wosmek, Tim Pelot. and Dr. William Stetson for joining forces and paving my road to recovery.  Wouldn't be where I am without all of you. 


 

FCA UCLA

Friday Night July 5, I had the opportunity to share at opening night of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) camp program in front of 800 High School athletes.  The theme of the night was God's love and how He relentlessly pursues us. 

Before the program began, I had the chance to stop by the Wooden Center and talk with some volleyball athletes... 

(left) Nat Parker: Senior Outside Hitter from Firebaugh, CA  (right) Aly Cooper: Sophomore Setter from Clovis, CA

(left) Nat Parker: Senior Outside Hitter from Firebaugh, CA

(right) Aly Cooper: Sophomore Setter from Clovis, CA

Staff and Athletes @ FCAUCLA13

Staff and Athletes @ FCAUCLA13

Thank you FCA for inviting me to share at this event.   

Graeme Cowgill interviewing me at the night program

Graeme Cowgill interviewing me at the night program

God blesses us with talents NOT to put pressure on us to perform...but rather, He uses them as a way to draw closer to us.  

 

Weekend Trip to the Virgin Islands

A good friend of mine (Megan Hodge) decided to have a destination wedding to the Virgin Islands…so myself and 4 teammates decided to jump on a plane from Los Angeles and celebrate the day.

 

photo credit: Nicole Fawcett

photo credit: Nicole Fawcett

We snorkeled and we body boarded…

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We cried when the bride walked down the aisle…

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We caught up with friends we haven’t seen in a while…

Photo credit: Nicole Fawcett

Photo credit: Nicole Fawcett

And we tore it up on the dance floor…

Photo credit: Alexis Crimes

Photo credit: Alexis Crimes

The best man gave a speech about friendship and the importance of people who are brought into our lives.  Thank you to Megan and Omar for inviting us to spend this special weekend of celebration with you.