On my first day back to football practice after our summer break, I broke my collarbone clean through and was en route to the hospital when a thought hit me; I am going to miss my junior year of football, right after missing my whole sophomore year due to multiple vertebrae fractures. At that moment, I was guilt stricken. All the hard work I put in over the summer, wasted on a most likely season ending injury. I didnít know what to expect when I came to Rush, but I was very certain I would be missing the remainder of my season, once again. I went to see Dr Brian Cole. I left with surprisingly positive news; that by getting surgery; I could be back to participating in practices by week seven, and playing by week ten.
Dr Cole performed an open reduction and internal fixation of my clavicle. Surgery came and went. Dr. Cole was right; I felt very little, to no pain, in my arm. I had regained my confidence due to the news that I was healing at an exceptional rate. Being back in practice, I was overjoyed to be back on the field with my teammates and playing the sport that I love. Eventually, we went on to win our class 7A State Championship, which I got to suit up for and experience that atmosphere and triumph that comes with winning a state title. I can now say that I am forever grateful to have worked with Dr. Cole and his team to help me experience and participate in such a memorable season.