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A Complicated Love Story

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Right Ankle,

I was reading Galloway's "Book On Running" last night and I came across the most interesting information about you in the section on running form!

"The ankle is a highly efficient lever. As you strengthen your lower leg muscles, you'll be able to naturally move your ankle into positions for an efficient release. This saves energy because the mechanics of the ankle do most of the work instead of the leg muscles. Your calf muscles will conserve energy, and the hamstring muscles are only needed for fine-tuning when you use your ankles. In other words, this is a 'lift off' instead of a 'push off'."

Now, don't get offended by how technical it all sounds. I promise I have a point to make!

You and I, ankle...we've been through a lot. Remember a few years ago when we were separated for awhile? That sucked so bad.

Here is a picture of us from that horrible 3 months:



I wasn't careful enough with you in those days. I did nothing to protect you, even though I KNEW there was a possibility that both of us could get hurt. As a result, you were broken in the worst way.

I never expected another chance from you. In fact, after that initial 3 months, we still didn't get along very well for another 9 months. I avoided you. You lashed out at me with sudden pain that I never expected. I am sorry to admit that I gave up on you, thinking you would never be strong enough to support me again. Even though you were still around and you were begging to be a part of my life, I thought our life together was over. Forever.

But then something happened that I can't explain. Some ember...some SPARK of an idea got me thinking that maybe our time together didn't have to be over quite yet.

I was gentle with you in the beginning. I knew we didn't trust each other much. We took it REALLLLY slow. I mean, it wasn't a race or anything! I can't quite explain how it happened, but somewhere down the line, I began to trust you again. You supported me so well that I didn't even have to think about our past anymore. The result of this trust was both of us getting stronger. You have not hurt me once since we have embarked upon this new journey together.

And, well, I guess I just want to thank you for that. Without your support, I couldn't do what I'm doing. I wouldn't have found a part of me that I never knew existed. I wouldn't have tapped into this feeling of pure joy. I wouldn't know how to love...myself...or anyone else. You might not realize how important you are. But, the truth is...you've given me my life back. And I love you for it. Thank you for being strong.

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JOANNHUNT 2/12/2013 11:05AM

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FRABBIT 1/3/2013 10:35AM

  Just came across this - well written.

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LOVEROFJC 6/26/2012 4:02AM

  Great post! Very encouraging.

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BANNERMAN 6/24/2012 12:40AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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WHITEANGEL4 6/21/2012 9:49PM

    Well said. We are not aware of what our bodies do for us until something goes wrong.

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BANDMOM2012 6/21/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog! You are so right in reminding us to appreciate and to care for our bodies!

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TAMTAMM 6/20/2012 4:08PM

    I have metal in my ankle too.....yikes!
Check out my pics of my X ray of mine in my SP page.

Agree with your blog totally.....best of luck on your journey emoticon

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KATBOXJANITOR 6/19/2012 12:54AM

    Ankles can be such a pain...but they do have their uses!

No metal in mine, but I have had some unintentional stress testing a couple times! All soft tissue damage....

A little hindsight can be illuminating

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LANGHAM71 6/18/2012 8:40PM

    Wow, makes me appreciate my ankles so much more. What love story.

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TLOVESC1125 6/18/2012 2:05PM

  Thanks for sharing. Loved it!

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LRSILVER 6/18/2012 8:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. We sometimes don't appreciate how wonderful our body parts are.

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FLMOMX2 6/18/2012 3:02AM

    My DD went through something like this and I love your blog. I find this is true of my knees and feet as well.

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NELLBELLA26 6/18/2012 12:06AM

    Great blog!

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PJBONARRIGO 6/17/2012 9:36PM

    I *felt* this blog- thanks for writing it :-)

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RUTGERSM0M 6/17/2012 11:49AM

    emoticon for sharing your story.

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SANDIBETTS1 6/17/2012 7:24AM

  Thank you for reminding ME/us to be gentle with ourselves--healing takes time. Your sharing has helped me.

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SLFGOLF 6/17/2012 1:01AM

    Thanks for sharing. We learn something new all the time.

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TAMMYINPA 6/16/2012 9:50PM

    Thanks for sharing this story.

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DR8561 6/16/2012 8:33PM

    I sprained an ankle 3 years ago and it hasn't been quite right since. I've been guilty of pushing too hard and re-injuring it. Thanks for the reminder to go gently. Great post!

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JLMALLETTE 6/16/2012 7:38PM

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KDAILEY70 6/16/2012 7:12PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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KATEM200 6/16/2012 5:19PM

  I have an ongoing disagreement with my feet about what I can/should do. Thanks for the perspective on taking care of your body instead of expecting it to always be there no matter how badly you treat it.

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PAULETTEDD1 6/16/2012 2:58PM

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ONEATATIME3 6/16/2012 2:50PM

  I will let my son read his he also has a sprain ankle bothering him & he is misssing his gym sooooo much.
Great Blog! keep writting! emoticon

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PATTOMMC3 6/16/2012 2:07PM

    Cute! Spark on!!!

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MUSOLF6 6/16/2012 12:19PM

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LUCINDARW 6/16/2012 11:58AM

    I love the way your have written your blog and enjoyed it very much!

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JENNYBAKER247 6/16/2012 11:38AM

    Going to print this out for my daughter. Her ankle drives her insane and all she wants to do is get back to gym!
Thank you for this!!!
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SAGITARIAN58 6/16/2012 10:51AM

    You really are a great inspiration to me, Thank You for sharing this.
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WYVREN_HEART 6/16/2012 10:20AM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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LEANMEAN2 6/16/2012 9:57AM

    Thanks for sharing

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    Great blog!
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CRAZYMAMA46 6/16/2012 8:37AM

    Great Blog!!!! I feel the same way about my knee.

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RITAROSE 6/16/2012 7:36AM

  Enjoyed your blog!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/16/2012 7:13AM

    Im trying to show my love too, to all my parts. Nice blog

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LARKSONGRUTH 6/16/2012 1:58AM

    Fun blog. This encourages to work on a better relationship with my knees! thanks

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BLUEJEAN99 6/16/2012 12:59AM

    we gotsa love and respect our bodies ... and that is something I'm finally learning!

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HYATTI1 6/15/2012 11:43PM

    Ankles like every bone are most important to us, but with the ankle we are helpless.

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 6/15/2012 11:37PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LMMIMI 6/15/2012 11:05PM

    Fun! Respect is what all our body parts want.

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MJ7DM33 6/15/2012 10:43PM

  Glad you and your ankle trust each other again! emoticon

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TEAMDIABETES 6/15/2012 6:12PM

    Poor Jeff is having troubles of his own these days so you are not alone.

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SLIMTONES 6/15/2012 6:08PM

    Cute!

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AVANDREA_ 6/15/2012 4:50PM

    Congrats, after having broken my wrist, and going through pain for over two years, I am happy to report that I too have been pain free for some time now. I am so glad for you, that your ankle has once again become a trusted friend!!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/15/2012 4:50PM

  It is very easy to take our weight-bearing joints for granted.........until something goes wrong. I had to have a complete right knee replacement and though I am pain-free and have fairly normal motion...........I still can't do what I did with my natural knee. I guess the moral of the story is to take good care of what you have so that you have it for a very long time.
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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 6/15/2012 3:43PM

    Wow, I swear this could have been my post lol. I snapped my tibia and fibula and have fancy hardware like you too! When did you break it? It's been over a year for me and I STILL have swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion.

Very glad to hear that you've progressed so well!

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TRISHMO1 6/15/2012 3:17PM

  pleased your ankle has recovered emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 6/15/2012 3:11PM

    Very cute. I need to remember to be grateful that I've never had to suffer such a break up! :-)

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