HEALING OF BACK INJURY

When I think back on my last season on my college volleyball team, during the fall of 2008, I'm torn between calling it "the season of struggles" and "the season of victory and spiritual growth."

Early one morning, my sister and I were doing a workout by ourselves because we'd missed that workout with the team the day before. I came down from a jumping exercise, and when I landed, my back began to seize up. Initially, I couldn't bend over, much less move, without being in pain. My sister, who is also a Christian Science, helped comfort me until I calmed down and could move again. Then we finished the workout. Although it was difficult to do so, it was my way of refusing to let my body keep me from doing what I thought I needed to do althletically. Later on, I realized that this was mostly based on self-will.

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