Jed's ACL surgery

My number one passion in life is football. On Saturday, four weeks ago, during a game, I went up for a mark and landed on my knee. I knew straight away that something serious had happened, I couldn’t get back up, I had to be stretchered off the field.

At the end of the game, hearing the siren sound and my team sing the song knowing I would not be able to play and sing the song broke my heart. I have never won a premiership in my life, and my football team are having a cracking season, my team finished top of the ladder for the home and away season. I wanted nothing more than to reach that number one goal; a potential premiership. I held on to the hope that it was going to be something minor...

The following Monday, I had my MRI done and got the news from my GP, I have ruptured my ACL, meniscus, and fractured my knee. It was honestly the most heart-breaking news, it tore my walls down. Knowing I will be out of my number one passion for at least one and a half years; two seasons of football, shattered me. I felt like it was a dream, I just wanted someone to pinch me and wake me up from the nightmare I am still living in. 

The next step; surgery, it is going to cost me around $10,000. I have been trying so hard to save my money to pay for the surgery, and have managed to save almost $1,000. Majority of the money saved has come from my tax return, I haven't spent a cent from it, and have been putting away as much as I can every fortnight.
I am in my third year at University, studying Health and Physical Education, no way do I have that kind of money.  
Now, the only option seems to be to wait 12 months for my surgery, the recovery of an ACL injury is roughly 10 months. I cannot fathom being restricted like this for two years, I am not able to run, join in with students on my placements. As an active person, I want nothing more than to get back to my active lifestyle as soon as possible. My visits to surgeons have not gone well, I feel like I am stuck in limbo. 

Without football, I am swirling down, it keeps me concentrated and focused, my knee is sore almost every day, I am unhappy all the time, I wish for a miracle most days. To my friends and family, it seems as though I have my good days and my bad days, every day is a bad day for me. There is not one moment of the day that it isn’t in the back of my mind.


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Jed Dexter 
Narre Warren South VIC
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