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The Journey: Learning to Ice Skate

This series of blog posts will chronicle my experience learning to ice skate and play ice hockey for the first time in my life.

At this moment, I’m a 20 year old who has never stepped onto the ice despite being a die hard hockey fan for most of my life. How that happens doesn’t resonate with a lot of people, and it doesn’t with me until the situation is understood.

I’ve had a mobile disability. In 2008, when I was approximately 13 years old, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (or bone cancer) in my right leg and had to undergo an amputation. Here is the type of surgery I chose:

Rotationplasty1It’s called rotationplasty surgery. My knee had to be replaced, and although seemingly unconventional to the average person, the ankle provided a joint that functions like the knee.

The reason I chose this path was because it left room for opportunities like this, where I can one day learn to skate and and live out the physical possibilities that are dear to my heart. The limits would be based on how hard I work.

Today, after over seven years removed from surgery and the chemotherapy recovery process, I’m finally ready to take on this daunting challenge. Setbacks have significantly delayed the process, but with lengthy physiotherapy and general growing I’ve reached the point where I’ve overcome those hurdles. I feel comfortable enough to put to my leg to the test and see what I can achieve.

I’m chronicling this experience for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, to add to the experience of putting together a blog and continually writing. I’m studying Sports Media at Ryerson University and this would be a great way to increase my value as a student. I also intend to use this site as something more than a place to house my personal experience.

Secondly, this will be a social challenge for me. For those that know me, I’m not the most social person and often times don’t prefer talking vs silence. But working this blog will force me to train some abilities connected to one’s social abilities and help me grow socially.

I’m not looking for a readership, but trying to deal with the fact this is open to anyone who stumbles upon it. Sure, if it can help build confidence in others who are in a situation similar to mine, I’d be very glad. But I’m focused on building my confidence for the time being.

Hopefully the best comes out of it.

Picking up a pair of skates is the first step. And it begins tonight!

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Ball hockey is the only type of hockey I’ve been able to play for the last few years. I love it, cause it’s hockey. But it’s about time we take it to the ice.

 

My email is RaihanH95@gmail.com

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