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Thursday, May 9, 2013
My journey has not been an easy one

By Amber Freeman

Amber Freeman
Amber Freeman injured her hip at age 11 and has used a doctor's words that she would never play softball again as daily motivation.

The past few weeks have been extremely busy with the last week of classes and finishing finals. I wanted to take some time to share a little about me and show you my journey through my softball career has not been an easy one.

When I was 11, playing a tournament in Fresno, Calif., I remember stepping on first base wrong and complaining to my dad that my leg was bothering me. We went to countless doctors and no one could figure out what was wrong with me. Finally, after getting a sixth opinion, one figured it out. The top of my femur had slipped out of my hip socket. I had been playing that way for about a year.

Apparently it was common in children, but the doctor made it clear I would never be able to play the game I loved again. I had surgery and to this day I have a 3-inch titanium screw in my left hip. The doctor’s words have stuck with me, but I have used that as motivation each and every day to get back on the field.

That’s not all. During my sophomore year in high school, a few days before our first game, I tore my ACL and meniscus. It was a freak accident. All I was doing was running the bases when I felt a huge pop in my left knee. The road to recover after this injury was the longest of all. I rehabbed for about nine months before I was able to start playing again. It took me a while to be completely comfortable and to fully trust my knee. But again, I got through it.

Now let me take you to this past fall. There was no specific play or incident that I can remember, but I tore my meniscus in my left knee again. This surgery was not as bad as the previous two. I was out for about two to three months and missed quite a bit of fall ball.

As you can see, I have had a few bumps in the road throughout my softball career. I have never let them stop me, and I truly believe they have made me the softball player I am today.

I would not have been able to get through all of this without the unconditional support and love from my family. Each day I feel blessed to be able to play the sport I love because I will never forget when the doctor told me I would never play again.

I just wanted to give you all the opportunity to learn a little bit about me. Last weekend did not go as well as we would have hoped down in Tucson, but ASU softball is working as hard as ever to get ready to play the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks at home. We are going to use this weekend to get ready for postseason.

Go Devils!