Chris and I live about 15 minutes from the school district, so many times I listen to one of the Dallas sports stations on my short drive in to work. On my first week back I heard a valuable lesson on this station which strengthened my beliefs in returning to be with my students. The hosts of the show were discussing the impact of a major knee surgery on the career of Robert Griffin III and they were joined by Mark Schlereth, who is lovingly called "Stink." Schlereth played in the NFL for 12 seasons and has had 29 sports related surgeries, including 20 knee surgeries. I would call him a specialist as a consumer of knee surgeries.
Mark grew passionate in his discussion when the terms "100%" and a "player's return" were mentioned. He told the story of happening upon a player from another sport in his surgeon's waiting room. The other athlete was dejected and said he didn't know when he would be 100%. "Stink" shared the reality, "100% of what?" He said to the younger player, "You will NEVER be at the same place you were before surgery. If you are missing the opportunity to play the game you love while waiting on the old 100%, you are missing a window of competing. You now have a new 100%."
Thank you, Mr. Mark Schlereth. (You're too large for me to call you "Stink.") In the world of cancer we call this the new normal. While I will never let multiple myeloma define me, the side effects and scars of battle will take their tolls. The only danger would be sitting on the sideline waiting on everything to be perfect or back the way it was.
|Silly moments with Chris at school.|
|Silly moments with staff member, Elizabeth Shelton.|
|Jacob, our new State VP|