So almost a year ago I told posted that I had jumper's knee. By the time I posted that, my knee had been really hurting for a long time to the point that I couldn't run, jump or even sleep through the night. Just going down stairs was a challenge, which was such a pain because I'm otherwise an active, healthy person.
I did the physical therapy pretty consistently, but nothing seemed to help. I thought I was being wimpy or maybe even a hypochondriac. I know lots of people who have knee issues, and I thought I was just being a baby. I finally decided to get an MRI because I wanted to be sure it wasn't something more. I was hoping it was something concrete because the constant pain with no cure was so frustrating.
I went back to the doctor's office to review the MRI results, expecting to hear more of the same.
The MRI revealed a bone tumor... which I definitely wasn't expecting. They didn’t know exactly what it was, but they said it was about a 10% chance that it was cancerous. They would have to cut through bone to do a biopsy to figure out what it was and then hopefully they can remove it.
When I went in for surgery a few weeks later, they told me there was a 50/50 chance they would be able to remove the tumor after the biopsy. Three hours later, I woke up in a lot of pain but surprisingly clearheaded (apparently I don't really react at all to oxycodone) and I was very happy to learn that they were able to remove the tumor and that is was benign. I stayed in the hospital one night, but came home the next afternoon.
|My knee the night after my surgery|
|Making friendship bracelets in the hospital to keep me busy|
The tumor was 2.5 cm and I needed a bone graph after they removed it. I was in a lot of pain the first week, but I feel like I recovered quickly. I was supposed to be on crutches for about two months, but felt pretty good after the first month. Now it hurts a little bit every once in a while, but it feels 100 times better than it did before the surgery.
|A few days after surgery at my friend Ashley's baby shower with jazzed up leopard print crutches|
|I don't think Charlie and Sawyer minded me being laid up for a while...|