As I move on to college I want to recognize the role that Dr. Jafarnia and his staff have played in my life for almost a decade.
I’ve always loved football. It’s the only sport I ever wanted to play despite my small size – from youth Pop Warner football to my high school varsity team. It was always very competitive and sometimes a challenge with my size. I had a number of sprains, bruises and breaks over the years.
The first one came when I was a small Bronco. It was a “both bone forearm fracture” – not just ONE forearm bone…. BOTH forearm bones.
I was really angry and didn’t like what Dr. Jafarnia was showing me and my parents on the x-ray. But, he knew how much I wanted to get back out there and play and he constantly reassured me that I would be back on the field better than ever. He even gave me examples of professional athletes with similar breaks, and he took a lot of time to answer every question that I had – not just those that my parents had. That was pretty cool.
I was finally back playing. It was the first JV game of the season and took a hard hit. That turned out to be a wrist fracture (buckle fracture according to Dr. J) – and just before the playoffs one season a finger fracture.
My treatment and recovery
I was beginning to think, I’d never complete a season strong and achieve the goals I had set for myself in football. I began running track to improve my speed on the field and just kept working at it. I ALWAYS did my rehab exercises and started using my hands and arms sooner than Dr. J probably liked after a break!
I finally made the Varsity team and senior year was honored to receive the “Best Defensive Back” award. It was a good moment.
I really gave it everything I had in both football and track. I even ended up doing really well in the sport I primarily used to improve my game – and became the only member of the men’s track and field team at my high school to advance to the Regionals at Baylor University senior year.
I look back at the bone breaks and setbacks and know I could have lost spirit. I was fortunate to have a doctor who really made me believe it was no big deal and everything would be fine and back to normal soon. Every time.
I used my experiences to write one of my best essays ever when applying to colleges. I’m pretty sure it played a big role in my college acceptance at Texas Tech University. If I had known this is how my album would look – from pop warner to unexpected success in the long jump – I wouldn’t have worried as much as I did. But, with the help of Dr. J and my family, I always believed such accomplishments could be possible.