My physical therapist (Sandy Hilton of Entropy Physiotherapy & Wellness in Chicago) has asked me: "How many good things, feelings, and inputs is it going to take for you to no longer fear that the pain will return?" My answer has always been: "I don't know." She also admits to not knowing. No one knows.
So, while I ceased regular PT appointments in August of 2015, I still feel a bit uneasy considering myself an athlete, or a healthy person. I was a sickly patient for so long that it became who I was.
Enter the American Physical Therapy Association, who asked if they could do a story about ME. They wanted to profile me as a success story of physical therapy. As I thought about it, and the fact that I am "healthy," that I get to call myself "healthy," sunk in.