Personal Narrative: My Cheerleading Career

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In November 2010, my promising cheerleading career was cut short by a spinal injury. In warmups at a competition, I was injured resulting in two slipped discs in my lower spine, which caused temporary paralysis in both of my feet with severe pain. While I did not have complete sensation in my feet I could still walk with assistance. I was told I would never run again and that I would be lucky if I was physically active in my future. As a 17-year-old, this was very difficult to hear. I broke through this adversity by continuing physical therapy daily and being put on homebound schooling for 3 months to get back to my optimal health. I can proudly say that I worked through this challenge and through many years of continuous work I am able to
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