How am I doing, you might ask?

by | Feb 20, 2013 | Running, Wellness | 1 comment

It’s been awhile since I updated on my quad tendon surgery status, and I’m pleased to report I am progressing quite well. I thought I’d never walk again those first few days and weeks, but once I hit the seven week post-operative mark on February 1, my whole world realigned. I could finally get up the stairs to sleep in my own bed (a previously under-appreciated luxury), I could walk without crutches (though I still require use of a brace for a few more weeks), and I could even drive a car again – simple but giant steps that had a huge positive impact on my psyche.

February 19 marks Day 67 post-surgery, and I have gone through a full range of emotions, from fear and frustration to new found freedom. It sure puts life in perspective and defines who really, really cares about you and upon whom you can count. My wife, Lisa, and my children –all young adults now – have been here for me, as has my colleague and close friend of 18 years, Barbara McLaughlin. My network has expanded, meeting great people like Steve at Coppola Therapy and Alaina at Lifeline. And I must mention teammate Dennis Beyer who seemingly tirelessly has been at my beck and call, and our HR Specialist, Nicole Dawson, who has helped me navigate the healthcare system. Special thanks to each of them for their unwavering support and encouragement, with my deepest gratitude.

I will say, being incapacitated for a period gave me plenty of time to catch up on reading as well as pay full attention to a book I have been writing in collaboration with Barbara and with Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, Dave Cowens. We just sent the manuscript off to a publisher last week for feedback, so I’ll be ready to tell you more about our book in the near future.

Believe! Yes, I finally believe I will be able to resume sports and fitness activities, and am super charged up and planning to ride again in The Prouty bike event this coming July 13 in Hanover, NH. My last road race “runs” which by injury had to be “walks” were Jingle Bell and Christmas-themed last December, but I have high hopes to return to my passion of running in road races by October of this fall.

Tom Raffio
February 2013

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