I plan to continue with Mulgrave soccer coaching next year for sure! I cannot yet run without getting symptoms and I had quite a few set backs near the end of the break, even though I thought I would be fully recovered. When I quit soccer I had more time to focus on basketball and I loved being apart of the senior team. The practises were twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday mornings, with the occasional game. But when I was there, I helped run spirit days, primarily pajama day. But seeing the happiness in the eyes of the family when they were given the key to their new home, made us see that it is true. These events went smoothly and as planned. I have always loved to run and without soccer and basketball I have more time to take it more seriously.
I still wanted to be apart of the team so I took on the role of assisting with coaching along with Mr. Every time you would stop working for a second and take a drink of water, you would feel grateful. It was a close, hard game but the final score resulted in being 2-1 for them. I quit playing metro soccer after my second concussion, but two months later I was hit again playing on the senior girls basketball team. My last 2 concussions came with lots of nausea, dizziness and vision problems.
We sang our national anthems before the game and had our flags pinned up which felt quite official. Throughout the two scorching hot days, it was Enrique who kept everyone hydrated, by running around and handing us bottles of water as we were working. . Every morning as we unloaded the bus, Enrique awaited us with a smile on his face as well did the neighboring children who started to gather near the property. Grateful that where you live you have a proper roof above your head to protect you, grateful the you have running water whenever you desire, grateful that you have a great education and a plentiful supply of food. This was my 4th year involved in a Mulgrave student action council. My family doctor sent me to a concussion specialist who said that I have vision issues, especially on my left side which is the side I was hit on all 3 times.
Contact sports have always been a huge part of my life, as well as my outlet. Having to quit both of my favourite sports in the span of 4 months was very hard yet I know that I would have been hit again for sure which would have resulted in another long term concussion. When we arrived at the work sight, we were revealed a whole new world. The family we were building the house for consisted of two young parents and a 4 year old little boy named Enrique. No matter what mood I was in before practise, I would always come home in the best mood. It was a feeling like no other to see how happy it made them that they could live and raise their little boy in this home. But after receiving a third concussion and being diagnosed with post concussion syndrome I had to stop coaching for while.
It has been two months since my third concussion and I am still recovering from it. Gardiner, which I have done in previous years. The most memorable part of the experience was when we handed the keys over the family, as the father opened his mouth to thank us, he burst into tears. I had been apart of that competitive team for about 5 years, with the same coach and every year new girls would join the team but several girls who I had been playing with for over 10 years were on the team. I also now have more time to focus on my artistic side by taking art classes once a week and I am also trying to get an internship at a architecture firm. Even without sports I intend on living a healthy lifestyle by working out and eating healthy. I am being sent to a vision concussion specialist now who will help me.
With now having received a total of 3 concussion, I can no longer be cleared to play contact sports for at least a year. Next year, I also want to be a lead on spirit week and create a unforgettable spirt week for my peers. I was apart of the World Partnership walk this year, but next year, I want to push myself to take on a leadership role even farther outside the Mulgrave community. The sun beat down on the dry, flat and dusty land that was aligned with small structures made of wood planks, cardboard or plastic tarps that these people called their homes. We spent two full days from the morning to the evening building the home alongside the family. When I am fully recovered, I plan to start my training for a half-marathon and I would also like to do some triathlons.
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