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 Re: How has your broken leg changed yourself?
SMM    1:26pm Feb 15 2019

Hi Nicola,

This is a great question. I think how one answers depends on where one is in the healing process. I've broken my left leg twice. Once, many years ago and the last time about 6 years ago. I can say that it does account for changes. In the short term, there's always frustration--I always wanted to get back to an active lifestyle, generally before being ready. Emotions tended to be negative. In the longer term, I realize recovery has taught lessons and made changes. Were it not for breaking my leg as an undergrad in the 80s, I almost surely would not have gone to graduate school. I think that was a major positive. I also learned about my limitations, and having to rely on others taught a lot about empathy. I've also learned who my friends are/were (those who were tolerant when I wasn't always in positive moods). I still have close friends from college who actually were with me when I broke my leg, and the event is a shared memory. Recovering has also brought me much closer to some family members. After the latest fracture and coping with arthritis, I've learned to slow down, but try to be as active as possible. What I've learned is just how much coping and adjusting actually is possible. These are just the first things that come to mind.

Best wishes,
Matt

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