The past year has been an absolute whirlwind of emotion. On February 4, 2020, I underwent major knee surgery with Dr. Lyle Cain due to the development of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee, a disorder where fragments of bone or cartilage come loose and float around in the knee joint.
I’m not your average athlete. In all honesty, I’m not an athlete at all, but I do love deer hunting.
I suffer with Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), a condition that causes ankle pain and stiffness. OCD is characterized by a loss of blood supply to one or more bones in the ankle, which may result in a fracture or break within the ankle joint. It often occurs after an injury such as a sprain or trauma to the foot and ankle. The severity of OCD depends on whether the fragmented bone stays in place or detaches.
As I began my junior year (Fall of 2015) of swimming at Birmingham Southern College, I was excited for what the season would bring. In February of the previous year, the BSC girls swim team had been edged out of first place by only 6.5 points at our conference championship meet, and I was more motivated than ever to win the 2015-16 championship.