Soon enough, it was time for my OATS procedure, which was essentially a cartilage transplant surgery. While I was prepared in many ways, what I wasn’t prepared for was the several months of immobility and how that would impact me, not only physically but mentally as well. During this recovery period, it has been incredibly difficult seeing everyone having fun outside while I’m stuck on the couch. I can do all of the exercises in the world, but without being able to bend or put any weight on my leg for a couple months, my muscles atrophied, and that’s something that was tough to accept.
This experience, though, has allowed me to grow in ways I didn’t know I needed to. I have become more patient with and kind to my body, and I have found a new appreciation for everything that my healthy body allows me to do. I have learned to manage my expectations and be more realistic when it comes to my recovery and its long timeline. And finally, I have learned that every day is a new day and that it’s important, at least for right now, to just take life one day at a time.