Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 3)

Hero’s journeys are never an easy or quick road. The road of recovery for many athletes as well as your typical person can often be filled with complications, hurdles and a lot of adversity. Pendah’s journey thus far is no different.

After all of the above had transpired, Pendah returned to Ohio Northern for her sophomore year. It should be noted that Pendah described Ohio Northern University as a religious, private institution where the student body was mostly white and upper class. While Pendah said she was comfortable there, she was very aware of the feeling of “home” when she was in Bloomington, which she refers to as a much more diverse community.

Pendah had high hopes for her return to the game that she loves so much. She was not cleared by the doctor to play until a month into the basketball season. She practiced prior to getting clearance, just not full court contact drills. However, right from the beginning, something in her right knee did not feel quite right. There was always a little pain. But, Pendah is young and felt like she could or should “tough it out.” So, she played through it. For the most part, she did not express her concerns to the coach or trainer. She just spoke to her teammates and her mom. However, there were days when she was in terrible pain and the trainer suggested that she sit those practices out. Other than that, Pendah played and practiced the entire 2011-2012 season.

Still in pain in the spring of 2012, Pendah felt she needed to get to the root of her pain. Skeptical of the medical treatment that she had received thus far in Ohio caused Pendah and her parents to look for answers and guidance elsewhere. Therefore, Pendah decided to get a second opinion from a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon in Bloomington. She wanted to discuss why her knee still had pain. This doctor expressed to Pendah and her parents that her right ACL was partially torn.

So, May of 2012 when Pendah was only 19 years old, she headed back into surgery to repair her partially torn right ACL for a second time. This would require 9 months in order to recover. It was during this time of healing and rehabilitation that Pendah made the decision not to return to Ohio Northern University. She had an internship in a pharmacy during the summer of 2012 and discovered that she did not like this subject area. Therefore, in her own words, listened to her essential self and transferred to Indiana University so that she could go to school for free as a 21st Century Scholar. Pendah stated that she did not feel sad about this decision because ultimately the decision allowed her to be in Bloomington, which is home and closer to her family and close friends. Stay tuned to see what happens next in Pendah’s journey.

Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 3)

Hero’s journeys are never an easy or quick road. The road of recovery for many athletes as well as your typical person can often be filled with complications, hurdles and a lot of adversity. Pendah’s journey thus far is no different.

After all of the above had transpired, Pendah returned to Ohio Northern for her sophomore year. It should be noted that Pendah described Ohio Northern University as a religious, private institution where the student body was mostly white and upper class. While Pendah said she was comfortable there, she was very aware of the feeling of “home” when she was in Bloomington, which she refers to as a much more diverse community.

Pendah had high hopes for her return to the game that she loves so much. She was not cleared by the doctor to play until a month into the basketball season. She practiced prior to getting clearance, just not full court contact drills. However, right from the beginning, something in her right knee did not feel quite right. There was always a little pain. But, Pendah is young and felt like she could or should “tough it out.” So, she played through it. For the most part, she did not express her concerns to the coach or trainer. She just spoke to her teammates and her mom. However, there were days when she was in terrible pain and the trainer suggested that she sit those practices out. Other than that, Pendah played and practiced the entire 2011-2012 season.

Still in pain in the spring of 2012, Pendah felt she needed to get to the root of her pain. Skeptical of the medical treatment that she had received thus far in Ohio caused Pendah and her parents to look for answers and guidance elsewhere. Therefore, Pendah decided to get a second opinion from a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon in Bloomington. She wanted to discuss why her knee still had pain. This doctor expressed to Pendah and her parents that her right ACL was partially torn.

So, May of 2012 when Pendah was only 19 years old, she headed back into surgery to repair her partially torn right ACL for a second time. This would require 9 months in order to recover. It was during this time of healing and rehabilitation that Pendah made the decision not to return to Ohio Northern University. She had an internship in a pharmacy during the summer of 2012 and discovered that she did not like this subject area. Therefore, in her own words, listened to her essential self and transferred to Indiana University so that she could go to school for free as a 21st Century Scholar. Pendah stated that she did not feel sad about this decision because ultimately the decision allowed her to be in Bloomington, which is home and closer to her family and close friends. Stay tuned to see what happens next in Pendah’s journey.

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