A Force to Be Reckoned With

Every morning I have a little routine. I wake up, brush my teeth/hair, get dressed, put on makeup and then put on my knee brace. You see, there's a little story behind this brace that I would like to share with you, so maybe someone will read this [maybe I'll go back and reread] and learn to listen to your doctor. 

In September of 2006 I was injured playing volleyball. I went to get a ball before it hit the ground and sure enough, my knee went one way and my body went the complete other way. It was not good, nor was it pretty. But we won, so it was okay. 

Two days later my left knee had swollen up to the size of a grapefruit. I think it was time to go to the doctor. So we went a day later and I got the news: I stretched my ACL. I had done it so bad that if I would have walked on it one more day/went a little bit further before hitting the ground it would have snapped. 

Needless to say I was not a happy camper. So they put me in a full leg brace and crutches for three months. I went back periodically to check back up on it. When I went back at the end of December he told me it was almost time for me to take the brace off. 

Somehow I convinced him that I was really fine and I could take it off early! No problem! (Problem: it wasn't healed all the way and I just wanted to get back to dancing). I've danced on and off for my entire life, but this time I was craving to go back. I needed dancing, it helped me cope. 

So I took it off. Fast forward six years later: I'm still in a knee brace. Unfortunately I have loose joints, which means things slide out of place a lot easier than a normal person. When I almost tore my ACL and didn't let it heal properly, it hurt me in the end. My knee joint now slides out of place much easier, and it causes all of the muscles in my leg and foot to seize up and swell up, so much so sometimes that I cannot walk. 

Now, this isn't a pity story, it's something thats been on my mind lately because more and more pictures will be coming up showing me in my brace, and the question "OH MY GOSH WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR KNEE" is super tiring. 

The good part: I don't have to wear my knee brace every day (just almost every) so sometimes I can walk like a normal person, although I always have a slight limp. 

Let's just say, lesson learned. When the doctor tells you that you have a little while longer, he means it and do not take your brace off under any circumstance

Have you ever broken a bone, or something to that nature? 


  1. Hope your knee gets better soon! :) I have never broken anything... thank God!

  2. oh no!  i hope it gets better.  in november of last year i tripped down the stairs coming out of class and broke my foot.  i had never broken anything before, but the doctor i originally went to told me that as long as i wore my walking boot and stayed off my foot as much as possible, that i would be out of the boot in a month, tops.  well i'm a college athlete and sitting still is something i'm not good at.  fast forward to mid-february (three months later) and i was finally getting the boot off.  so i know just what you mean when you say listen to your doctor! they usually know best :) xo 

  3. Ugh, I've had knee problems since HS.  No bueno.  Hope yours get better! xo

  4. Thanks so much, dear! It has definitely started feeling better, as of late so I'm keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way! 

    xo, Maria

  5. Thanks so much! It's starting to feel better, so keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way! 

    xo, Maria

  6. Oh no! I hope your foot is alright! Sitting still is literally the worst! Although I'm  not dancing anymore, I still have those days where a good dance workout fixes everything! 

    xo, Maria


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