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Casey made it through his surgery to repair his ACL, MCL and meniscus. He is home resting and recuperating. He will start physical therapy next week. It will be a long recovery, especially for a 15-year-old boy who is very active in sports. The doctor said that he will need 6 to 9 months before playing any sports, which will be the beginning of
May. I know Casey will push himself as much as he can because he really loves playing baseball. He plays catcher, which will be an even greater challenge with a knee injury. We tell him that he can overcome this injury and come back stronger. Drew Brees came back even stronger after a horrible shoulder injury.
If you have not read Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees, I highly recommend this book. Saints fan or not, this is a great, encouraging story. He is very open about the struggles in his life that turned him into the person that he is today. His main struggle was overcoming an injury to his shoulder that should have ended his career. As you know, Drew led the New Orleans Saints to win in Super Bowl XLIV. He not only led the Saints to a Super Bowl victory, but he encouraged a town that needed to come back from devastating Hurricane Katrina. He talks about choosing to live in the city of New Orleans in order to help the city rebuild. The main theme of the book was Drew relying on God and giving him the credit for everything he has accomplished in his life.
Some of Drew’s advice for coming back stronger include:
*”Don’t give up. The worst thing that could happen in life is not getting knocked down; it’s getting knocked down and then staying down.”
*”Turn your defeats into triumphs. Any difficulty you face, a tear to your shoulder, a person who betrays you, a disfunctional family, or the bad luck you have with the economy, it can unleash power within you for good.”
*”Dream. If your mind can conceive it, you can achieve it.”
*”Hope. In order to come back after a disappointment and accomplish something great, you have to believe in something bigger than yourself.”
*”See adversity as an opportunity. Remember, experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. No matter what comes your way, remember that God can use everything in your life for good, even though it may seem unfair or insurmountable at the time.”
Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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