However, I knew that God had bigger plans for me. Because I couldn't do my normal every day activities, I was able to focus more on school. Resulting in me graduating in the top 10 of my class with over a 4.0. I was able to focus more on my relationships with friends, family, and most importantly God. Marching band had always taken up ALL of my time. I had 4 hour practices every day for 3 months. Not to mention 12 hours Saturday competitions and 9 hour camp days for 2 weeks during the summer. To put it simply, my life was devoted to band. When I did have time to breathe, it was spent doing homework or sleeping. With this extra free time, I was able to be a kid again. I went out with my friends and just had fun. My devotion time with God became afresh. I actually spent hours reading His word and just pouring out my heart to Him. I didn't understand why I had to go through what I was going through, but I knew God had the answer. I found that answer in multiple ways. The first was when I found out that one of my best friends was pregnant. When she had her baby on October 19th, 2011, I was able to be a support for her. I was able to stand by her when a lot of people quickly ran away. This strengthened our friendship so much.The 2nd answer was when my little sister got hurt during basketball and had to have surgery on her achilles. This wasn't until over a year later. However, when she lost the love of her life, basketball, I was able to feel her pain. When she thought there was no hope in getting to play ball in college, I was able to relate. God had me to go through what I did April 2010 so that I could help her through such a difficult time in her life.
On April 27th, it will have been two years since surgery. On that day, I will be fully recovered and have no more limitations. The past two years have been a real struggle. But I've learned not to take the things I have for granted. It's the little things that were taken away from me that left the biggest impact. I'm so grateful for this experience and all that God has taught me through out it.