In 2009, I had my first reconstructive knee surgery after completely tearing my ACL and partially tearing my medial meniscus. In 2015, I had my second knee surgery after tearing my medial meniscus (again...yay for future arthritis...).
*************************************************That all being said, please don't let the fear of past injuries stop you from pushing yourself, both physically and mentally. I am not going to lie, the beginning stages of rehabilitation were pretty hellish. I remember relearning to walk with tears rolling down my face because it hurt so bad. I remember the frustration I felt as I tried to learn to move normally again. But now that I look back on the years of HARD work and patience, I am so proud of how far I have come. I don't worry about my knee anymore. I can lift heavy and I can move freely, all because I didn't give up after injury. Please don't give up, it's worth the fight.
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That's my ankle, underwater, in a film! Haha a little ankle update as I'm sitting here with weird pains shooting up and down my foot. I believe it's the nerves coming back... there's still a lot of numbness along the side of my foot so I think it is normal to be tingly and sting every once in awhile as it heals. Nerves are supposed to be a slow process. Pain-wise I still have some very bad days, lots of stiffness/soreness especially in the morning or after not using it for awhile. I've been working a lot and some projects have been better than others both in accommodating my pain and also just not demanding too much physically. The water stuff from the picture wasn't directly tough on the ankle but the lack of working out for so long definitely had me winded very quickly swimming in a pool all day. It's been much slower progress than I thought. I think I'll go back in for a checkup just to make sure everything is ok. It's been almost 9 months and I'd love to get back to old me! (Basketball, martial arts, going dancing, the occasional pair of heels.) How is everyone else who follows and is going through a recovery? Back to 100? Still some pain? Hope you're well! #anklesurgery#anklesurgeryrecovery#reconstructivesurgery#healing#backtowork
Sorry I've been MIA the past few days.
I have a feeling this "minor" surgery is going to take a little more recovery than I planned.
I might not be able to do everything I want to do but I can still be a good cheerleader 🙌🙌.
FACTORS AFFECTING FACIAL AGING
*CHRONIC SUN EXPONSURE
1-Ultraviolet radiation causes DNA damage and production of free radicals resulting in collagen and elastin damage, diminished dermal robustness, loss of skin elasticity, and increased risk for development of skin cancers loss of skin elasticity, and increaswd risk for development of skin cancers
2- Elastic fibers rearrange in abnormal distribution
3- Overall decrease in collagen fibers
4- Creates fine rhytids and skin laxity
1-Diminished collagen and elastin deposition with increasingly disorganized structure
2- Fewer fibroblasts and diminished supply of blood
3-Fewer elastic fibers
4-Thinning of the dermis due to these effects ultimately results in the development of wrinkles.
5-Aging is related with time-dependent exponsure to gravity, which results in the development of deep rhytids.
6-Sebaceous glands produce less oil resulting in decreased skin moisture
7-The subcutaneous fat thins, resulting in a more hollowed appearance
1-Cigarette smoke results in fine rhytids secondary to local irritants from smoke and systemic hypoxia.Cigarette smoke induces production of matrix metalloprotwinases and inhibits procollagen synthesis through its effects on transforming growth factor beta.
2-Radiation therapy can induce DNA damage and free radical production similar to UV light.
3-Weight gain can result in dermal thinning,which is persistent and can be prominent in patients who have subsequently lost this weight. The result is excess skin with little support and the development of fine and deep rhytids.
As a young woman, Monica Singh was the spitting image of beauty. When a man got obsessed with Singh, he proposed to her. She rejected his proposal and he craved revenge. He followed her for five years until the day came when he threw acid on her face and body. .
Initially, she thought it was just coffee or water. Until she started to smell her skin burning. 70% of her face was complete charred. Her torso, arms and legs were also badly burned. She was then rushed to the hospital and doctors desperately attempted to dilute the chemical in her body to save her life. .
Her father was the one person to calm her from the chaos. Her mother did not have the strength to see her only daughter in this condition. It wasn't until a little over a month later when her mom came to visit her in the hospital. Singh wasn't allowed to look at herself for a couple months. All seven layers of skin were so severely burned her doctors recommended to wait for more progress before she took a look at her face. .
Within 8 years, she underwent 46 reconstructive plastic surgeries. She began to become discouraged by how long the reconstructive process was taking. She finished her undergrad degree with a scarf covering up half of her face. It took a considerable amount of time until Singh stopped caring what others thought about her scars and starting going in public without her scarf. This was truly liberating for her! Her father is the person who helped her find the courage to leave the house without covering her face and he introduces her as "his best asset". .
Singh states, "I know that the best thing anyone can do who suffered from deformity on her face and scars and everything, is acceptance. Now I accept my face and people see I have a smile. Regardless if it's an asymmetrical smile. Nobody can see my proper teeth; I don't care. I feel beautiful."