Epigraph“When youre playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder.Show the world how much youll fight for the winners circle.If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack,one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.(GreatQuotes).”-Pat Riley(former basketball great)
OVERVIEW• How I dealt with the loss of mobility.• The great feeling of being on top of the world to the moment of not knowing what the future holds.• The events that lead to my position shift has shown people that there is hope in life; no matter what is thrown in front you.• How my life was changed since the position shift.
THE BEGINNING AND THE START OF SHIFT• Before my shift I thought I was invincible. I could throw the football around, eat tacos, drive and lift weights.• I had great mobility. I could set myself up in a four point stance and could shoot for a double take down on the wrestling mat.• I could even chop some celery with one hand and hold the end of the celery with the other.• The world was my proving ground. Then it all changed! The Shift starts on a morning in October on a football field in Middletown, Ohio. The sun is bright and the fans are cheering. Game starts and I get blindsided by a very large man and end up breaking my humerus. I have lost the mobility of my arm and it is something that I would not wish on my greatest enemy.
The image of a man being blindsided, thepain that he feels is what I went througheveryday for 3 months. You don’t forgetthe event. Each day you are remindedthat it be a scar or a just a lasting memory.
THE SCAR THAT IS STUCK IN MY MIND This is what my arm looked like after I got blindsided. I have a picture of my x- ray in my room and at my high school in the trainers office. This picture reminds me of the struggles I had to go through during my injury and is also a symbol of pride because I overcame adversity.
SHIFT CONTINUED…• I can no longer carry things around the house with two hands.• I can’t even take a shower like I usually do anymore. Do you have any idea how uncomfortable it is to shower when there is someone there helping you; because you can’t wash your body by yourself? • After the Shift• I have seen the world from a different perspective. I am thankful for everything I have. Especially the mobility of two arms because only having one sucks.• I understand how hard it is to do things with one hand and how I can make the negative into a positive. I learned new strategies that I will use in life.• I no longer worry about the small stuff and am thankful every day for the gift that God has given to me a fully functioning body.
COMMUNICATING MY SHIFT TO OTHERS• I had communicated my shift to many people I started with communicating my shift to my family.• I had to wear a brace on my arm for three months and each time I saw one of my family members I would explain to them what happened and would always stay positive.• My parents were a huge part of my shift because they were there every moment of my recovery from those nights of intense pain to the strides that I made towards recovery.
NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION• My family was one of the groups that I explained my shift to but there were other ways I communicated my shift.• I wore a brace as stated above and people would see the pain that I was going through but every step of the way I stayed positive and people would give me looks of encouragement.• I loved knowing that I did not have to explain what happened to my arm people just realized that I took a negative situation and made it positive.• A simple smile from a person I did not know or a simple get better made me feel loved and made my shift easier for me.
Here is an image of thebrace that I wore for threemonths. It was a major partof showing my shift. Peoplewould ask how I wasdealing with my injury andmy response was thatthings happen for a reasonand that this experiencehas made me stronger.
FOOTBALL FAMILY• There was a group of people who were there with me each step of my journey and that was my football family.• I would not of been able to make it through this period in my life without my teammates.• My teammates understood my shift and respect me for what I went through. The guys on the team are part of my family and I thank them at every chance I get.• I also extended my shift to people on other teams they would ask what happened and I would tell them.• I took a situation where a person could of shut down and made the situation a positive and in turn helped other people cope with their injuries.
REFLECTION• I have told many people about my shift that you can not take anything for granted.• The people I have talked to about my shift thing it is admirable, they were impressed by the way that I looked adversity in the face and came out on top.• I hope that I have impacted my friends lives as much as they have impacted mine.• All of my friends responses were positive which gave me hope, I live my life now with a the feeling that I am no longer invincible.
BIBLIOGRAPHYGreat Quotes: -Pat Riley"Greatest Inspirational Football Quotes." Greatest Inspirational Football Quotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2012. http://www.greatest-inspirational- quotes.com/inspirational-football-quotes.html