For 18 years on this earth, Brook never broke a bone. She watched fascinated as her 13 year old brother, Max, broke his left leg 4 times. Brook was curious about what a broken bone was like and openly said she wanted to be placed in a cast some day.
In March of this year, Brook got her chance!
After playing basketball and track and field for most of her life, Brook decided to try her hand at softball. The high school senior snapped her tibia and fibula in half sliding into second base. Three months prior to graduation, Brook was carried by her teammates to mom's car where she was whisked off to the emergency room.
Fortunately, the waiting room was not crowded and Brook was treated to an 'unbelievably painful' ankle relocation session. After 20 minutes of pulling and twisting, Brook's ankle was 'more of less' in the correct anatomical position.
In the ER, Brook was warned that she would probably need surgery on the ankle.
The next day, Brook's mother took her to see an orthopedic surgeon. Brook received good news and bad news. The bad news first - she would need surgery to properly reduce her fractures. The good news - she would finally get the cast she had been wanting since brother Max first broke his let at the age of 8.
Two weeks after surgery, Brook's stitches were removed and she was given a stylish black cast. She endured going to her senior prom with her cast and crutches.
After five weeks, Brook progressed to a walking boot. By graduation day in June, Brook was walking boot free.