So much can happen in a year!
I'm a Girl Guide leader and we typically have a June camp. Last year, following an Achilles Tendon Rupture, I was in my Air Cast, able to weight bear but needing crutches to walk very far. It was a struggle but I was determined to participate in camp.
This year, we had a really active camp which involved rock climbing, archery, horseback riding, zipline (after climbing up a telephone pole with small hand and foot holds), canoeing, orienteering, and a low ropes challenge course. We also played a game of capture the flag kind of idea, but with milk jugs, and I sprinted full out time and time again until my lungs burned!! Not only was I able to participate in it all, I did really well in all of it. I didn't feel my Achilles and even after all the running (I haven't run since before my rupture) I didn't have any pain or swelling. I was literally fine. I can't tell you how good it felt to run. It was so amazing.
I did have a little voice in the back of my head wondering if sprinting was really a good idea but soon my competitive nature and the sheer joy of participating and pushing my body and maybe surprising a girl or 2 with how fast leaders can really be, took over and I forgot all about it.
I actually feel like I have come out the other side of this injury, a much stronger, more appreciative person. I no longer take things for granted and can find beauty in just being able to take a single step. I am grateful for this injury as it truly showed me how much there is in life to appreciate if we just look for it.
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