The fall sport season is upon us here at Pilgrim High School, and with it we see athletes from several different sports and of varying ability levels all preparing and hoping that maybe... just maybe, this will be the year! But, with sports come injuries.
For anyone who has ever played competitive sports, you know that you are always just one play away from your last play. Injuries can happen on the most routine of plays, and sometimes those injuries can put an athlete on the bench for a few days, a season, or a career.
Last September, at Woodberry Forrest School in VA, Rainey was preparing for his junior year and hoped to win the starting job at Quarterback. On September 3, Rainey took the snap from the center and a few moments later, his life changed. He was tackled, and he blacked out... when he awoke he was in such pain that the medical staff said that the "screams were just overwhelming..." Rainey had dislocated his knee to the point that teammates were crying and even getting sick on the field from the sight of the injury.
Rainey not only dislocated his knee, he had severed arteries and lost significant amounts of blood... the only way to save Rainey's life, was to amputate his right leg.
Within months, he was talking about returning to the football field and resuming his quest to be the starting quarterback. He is working with advanced prosthetic technology, physical trainers doctors, and prosthetists... and it looks as though he may make a comeback. Rainey attributes his remarkable recovery (he was running and throwing passes in the time most people are still learning to walk) to his stubbornness and his disdain of being told "you can't do it." According to Rainey, "When people tell me I can't do something, the stubbornness I have just pushes me forward."
So when someone tells you the thing you want most can't be done, just remember the words of Walt Disney, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."