Life’s Setbacks

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My heart was heavy this week, because we discovered our teenage son developed Osgood-Schlatter disease which benched him from physical activities. Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. It is an inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shinbone. It often occurs during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Phycal activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics, especially running and jumping sports, are at an increased risk for this condition.

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This news came on the heels of our son, Austin, joining a local community basketball team. Prior to that, he’d shoot hoops at the park or school on lunch break. A few weeks ago, he decided he’d like to play on a team. An instructor suggested he join SLV Hoops, short for San Lorenzo Valley Hoops, to learn the basics of basketball and team dynamics. He attended a try-out session and they placed him with a team of 7th and 8th grade boys. His fellow team welcomed him, and are a great group of athletes. Also, he has an amazing coach who is patient explaining the art of the game as well as honing his skills during their weekly pracitces and games.

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After his first game, Austin told me his knee hurt. So, we gave him some ibuprophen and ice. We asked his coach if he had any suggestions for knee pain, and he said his daughter used a knee jump band. We drove to our local pharmacy and purchased one. Austin wore it during the next game without any relief. In fact, he was limping afterwards. So, we saw his doctor and discovered it was more than sore muscles from exercising.

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This episode in my son’s life is more than an injury, it’s a life’s setback. Unbeknowst to me, it became a teachable moment. I explained  to him sometimes in life you may experinece setbacks. It’s how you deal with them that will help you through. You can choose to get bitter and angry about the situation, but it won’t change your circumstances. Or, we could we pray about it, ask God to heal your knee, follow your doctor’s regiment, and go from there. Although he was extremely dissappointed, he agreed.

During the week, his coach announced to his team that Austin would step down, but that he was still a member and could join them on the bench. His teammates were gracious. Now, Austin puts on his jersey and cheers for his teammates from the sidelines. I’m very proud of him for chosing to have a postive attitude!

Have you had any setbacks in life? If so, how did you overcome them? Please share with us below.

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