Originally, from Sumiton, Alabama, I danced for 12 years with ShowStoppers Dance Company and then 6 years as a cheerleader. I cheered for my alma mater, Dora High School. Throughout my training, I was shown how to correctly stretch in order to be flexible.
In early January of 2019, I was getting up from the rug with my kiddos (I teach 2nd grade.) I got up awkwardly and heard a pop. Initially, this wasn’t unusual because I cheered and danced up until college so I was remotely used to hearing pops! Over the next couple of months, I would have random days that hurt more than usual but I didn’t think much about it.
As I was entering my senior year of high school, I started to experience some hip pain. I wasn’t sure what it was. I was never really an active child growing up. I didn’t realize my hip pain until I started working 9 hours shifts on the weekends and participating in gym class so I could graduate. My hip gradually started to click and catch. It would hurt so bad that I could barely walk on it.
I’ve pretty much had issues with both my hips my whole life. I had my first hip surgery in 6th grade.
In 2010, I suffered a labral tear and continued to have problems with it ever since. I went to my local orthopaedic doctor for him to repair the torn labrum. In October 2017, I noticed my hip was acting up again, so I had another surgery to help repair the labral tear. I was in physical therapy for six weeks and I was still not feeling very good about my hip.
Going into her sophomore year at Fort Payne High School, my daughter, Brooke, started experiencing really severe back and leg pain. Brooke, who is currently a member of the University of Montevallo Falcons softball team, always had problems with back and leg pain, but it started to severely affect her activity about 3 or 4 years ago.
I have had hip problems for as long as I can remember. I'm a dancer, so pain and aches were normal and something I often ignored. But, at the beginning of my junior year of high school my left hip was really bothering me.
I am completely humbled and thankful to Dr. Benton Emblom and his team!
I signed up for a half ironman post op and set a goal while patiently awaiting recovery! I did it!!
A little over 6 months post-op I finished a 1.2 mile river swim, 56-mile bike and half marathon in 6 hours and 3 minutes! I had a great race! No hip pain during or after!
Eight months ago I didn't know if I'd ever be back where I was pre-injury but since then I have podiumed a sprint triathlon, ran a 23-minute 5k and finished a half ironman!
In September of 2013, I knew something was wrong with my hip. I could remember a possible time of the accident, but couldn't know for sure. After an MRI at my local hospital, we knew I needed more extensive tests and treatment.
At the end of the summer of 2014 I decided to go to my primary care physician in Louisville KY because I had been experiencing chronic right hip pain. I was referred to physical therapy and after returning to Birmingham for my junior year of nursing school at Samford I started physical therapy at Champion Sports Medicine.
Seventeen years of competitive and collegiate cheerleading were slowly coming to an end during the last semester of my senior year and 4th year cheerleading for the University of Alabama. Thankfully, I had never had an injury other than a minor sprained ankle here and there.