Story by Warner Otto

 

Junior football player De’Ante Brown tore his ACL and has had to sit on the sidelines as his team continues to play this year. He had to learn how to deal with his injury and take the time to recover in order to get better. The process of recovery can be long and difficult, but that’s what it takes in order to heal.

“It makes me emotional that I’m not gonna be able to play with my brothers. To not have a jersey on, to not be able to play with the team? That junk make me wanna cry,” De’Ante said.

An injury can sometimes change a person’s perspective and they can gain something from that experience. But those lessons can help those in the long run and you can learn new things that could benefit you.

“What have I gained? I haven’t gained nothing. I’m hurt. This injury is not a gain. Nobody’s knows how this feels… When I got hurt, I blacked out. And when I woke up, I felt the pain,” De’Ante said.

Injuries can be hard on some people and it can take a toll on how the person feels.

“I’m not gonna be able to play sports, I’m not gonna be able to walk [like that].  This thing hurts,” De’Ante said.

The choices that you make following an injury can affect you for the rest of your life so planning out the next step you take can be all the help.

“Make sure you do your therapy. And you don’t miss a day. It’s serious. I don’t know how to explain it… to not have a leg,” De’Ante said.

According to De’Ante’s science teacher Katherine Degar, she says that he’s very quiet in class, works hard, and stays to himself.

For some people going through a hard time, it can take an adult who can give you the advice to help you get through hard times. It could help a person who just needs someone to be there for them.

“Keep working hard and doing what you’re doing and not letting this challenge change your path,”