How Hannah bounced back after an injury ended her college softball career
Being a D1 student-athlete at Fresno State was the best thing that has ever happened to me. It gave me the opportunity to earn a college degree, to find myself, to make life-long friends, and to play the game that I love most, softball. My four years were definitely not the way I would have envisioned them to be. Each year came with a different high and different low. But my biggest struggle of them all was tearing my ACL at practice half way through my senior season.
I knew the moment that it happened that my life was forever going to be changed. As I was laying on the ground tearing from the pain, a sudden calm came over me. I was no longer in pain (which is common for a complete ACL tear, super painful at first and then no pain because all of the nerves have ripped), I was destroyed because I knew I had just ended my career which meant my mom and dad would never watch me pitch again.
It was the hardest decision I ever had to make, deciding to get surgery to end my softball career.
Because of the motion and being a right handed pitcher, a softball pitcher is virtually one of the only positions in any sport that can continue to play on a torn ACL. I was determined to get back on the mound and finish out my senior season and help my team win another Mountain West championship, but my body did not allow me to. I was not the same pitcher, my body was over compensating, I was in constant pain and I was not in a position to help win games for my team.
It was the hardest decision I ever had to make, deciding to get surgery to end my softball career. But in life everything happens for a reason. It has been 10 months now since I tore it and I wish I could say it gets easier, but it doesn’t. What I have changed is my outlook on the situation. Everything in life is based on your perspective of situations and your reactions to daily struggles that get thrown at you. I choose every day to believe that I am lucky that I had the opportunity to play softball for 17 years, my time was just cut a little short. This game has given me everything and for that I am forever thankful.
This game has given me everything and for that I am forever thankful.
Nothing is ever guaranteed, no matter who you are. So enjoy the opportunities you are given and hold on to the moments that make you the happiest. Play with passion and go all out in everything you pursue.
📸: Fresno State Softball
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