Wednesday, September 30, 2009


"You've been more to me than a friend...
We've shared more than most people do--
feelings that time won't erase
No words can ever let you know
the peace I feel when you are near
In times of trouble, your eyes express
exactly what I need to hear
In times of joy, your smile says
you're sharing what I feel
In times of doubt, I always knew
I could trust in your loyalty
We've stood the test across the miles
and watched our friendship grow
I've come to learn, when it comes to friends,
there's no one quite like you."

---Marie Grady Palcic

Tomorrow is a pretty big day for me. I haven't talked about it all on here but most of my close friends know that about a month ago, unfortunately I had an accident and re-injured my Achilles tendon, this time tearing it....completely. I was 4 months into my recovery and things were going really well. I had been back in the weight room for about 3 or 4 weeks. I still wasn't 100% but I was getting there and then, SNAP, I heard it go one day when I moved in a way that I guess I wasn't ready to yet. The MRI confirmed that there is nothing left holding my tendon together. Even though I've been walking around since then, albeit extremely slowly and carefully, I've HAD to wear high heels all the time to keep my tendon shortened. I'm so over high-heeled shoes right now!!!

Insurance paperwork and delays and approvals have held me back from having surgery sooner but tomorrow at 11am I will be undergoing Achilles surgery to repair it. As nervous and apprehensive as I am, I know it's for the best but to say that I'm not a bit of a nervous wreck today and that my eyes haven't welled up a few times would be a grave understatement. I am praying for God's mercy and blessing and I'm praying that I will come out OK. I've been told that the risk of re-injury once someone has this surgery is very low so for that reason alone, I'll be glad to get it over and done with.

I will be 6 weeks in a cast/on crutches and then another 6 weeks in a boot:-( and I'm sure it won't be the easiest thing in the world but I refuse to let it hold me down and I'm gonna do my best to keep my chin up and get through it.

My friends have been HOLDING ME DOWN! and I'm SO grateful and beyond everything else, it's times like these that I really realize how much I NEED them and how important they are to me. Love and friendship are equal on my list and one would mean nothing without the other. So I want to say thanks. You know who you are....:-)

Keep me in your prayers blog family....I'll update as soon as I'm able.


Eternal Lizdom said...

Definitely sending up prayers for you Jackie. You are strong and healthy and will fight through this and recover like no other!!

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Damn! I'm sorry Jackie. I admire your positive stance! Please keep us posted!

Anonymous said...


“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” (unknown)

Anonymous said...


I just wanted to say that you WILL BE okay. I have been reading your blog here and there and I felt it was appropriate to leave a message on this topic. I had reconstructive surgery on my foot and unfortunately it ended my career prematurely. Even though I missed running all over Europe, and competing here in the states, I still am thankful for all the opportunities I had during my career. With all your accomplishments behind you, you have been blessed. I hope that you will come out of this strong, but realize that competing does not define you, but you defined the competition. You will be in my prayers and I hope everything will turn out okay. Your a strong woman and know that it is not the end of the world. It took me two years to realize that life is good no matter what. I had to get a second surgery because I pushed a comeback too soon trying to make the Olympic Team. Well I am at peace and I enjoy staying fit and healthy. I always say one day at a time. Best of Luck

Brianna said...

ahhh!! i'll be praying...

good thing you're still a young spring'll bounce back easily.

Baby Bear said...

I tried calling you in the middle of your surgery to see if you would answer NO DICE. So Im guessing it was a successful procedure. See ya soon

Jackie E. said...

Just want to let you all know that I am OK and I'm doing alright. Aside from a little nausea and dizziness from the Vicodin:-(, and some pain off and on, I really can't complain and I just thank God for bringing me through safely!!!

It's all gonna downhill from here....

Mizrepresent said...

Wishing you the best lady. You are in my prayers.

Marie Grady Palcic said...

i just started blogging about a month ago and googled myself to see the blog for the first time. it took me instead to yours. i was totally blown away that my poem to my sister was on your blog. i am honored and wanted to thank you. it was a gift in a huge way to see it there. i hope you have healed fully from the surgery on your ankle and wish you the very best. again thank you for posting my poem.