Bouncin’ Back



Bouncin’ Back

Well, here I sit, staring at four walls, unable to ride my bike, work out, coach, or run. I’m stuck here in my apartment for the next two weeks as I recover from a partial knee replacement. This lifestyle is not me at all. I’m frustrated, and it would be easy to get discouraged, but I can’t afford to.


I’ve just listed some of the many things I can’t do, but I’m focusing on what I can and must do in order to live the way I want to live. I must stay focused on the positive and on my recovery. It’s the only way to bounce back to my version of normal.


What I’m experiencing now is similar to an exacerbation of CF or any other kind of illness or disability. You have to go in the hospital and get I.V.s or seek out whatever kind of treatment is appropriate. Getting better isn’t easy. It takes commitment, focus and work. We have to be satisfied with accomplishing the little steps it takes to recover. And these don’t end at the hospital door.


Just like me right now doing rehab exercises in my apartment, your work continues even when the crisis is past. When you get home is when the real work begins and must continue if you want to live the best life possible. We have to continue to focus on what we can do rather than what we can’t do. And faithfully doing what we must do will allow us to do more of what we want to do.


Believe me, I’m tired of staring at these walls instead of being outside doing what I love. But, I know that doing the work of rehab will allow me to bounce back to be better than I was and to get back into training for the Bike2Breathe and the century rides that are on my schedule. I don’t like where I am, but I refuse to let it get me down. It’s all about moving forward and bouncin’ back.



*Exercise of the week – No elevators this week! Try to walk up at least five flights of stairs ea. day.


*Quote of the week – “There are no failures is life, only bumps along the way” – Jerry Cahill



6 thoughts on - Bouncin’ Back

  • Tami Lea
    Reply Mar 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Yes Jerry you will be biking again!!!
    I know as I have C.F. TOO & 2 yrs. Ago I Tami Lea aka Rock Hard Lady fell over 20′ from a scaffolding SHATTERING my leg…
    I have Angels watching over me & you do too!!!
    Dr’s and Scientist all over the world are studying me as they call me a gross freak of nature as I am so very BLESSED TO be ALIVE today with Cystic Fibrosis and Alpha One Antitrypsin Deficiency MZ… ALIVE today because of my LIFESTYLE Diet nutritionist and exercise my whole life…
    The last 2 yrs were the HARDEST in my life!!! Like you I was born on the move & my grandmother called me the Go go girl from the time I was born…I had NEVER been so broken so mentally & physically … also I had NEVER not been able to take care of myself or stand up to cough …being bed ridden for soooooo long filled my lungs & I was dying in the Hospital…so my C.F. Dr’s got me home with home health care & I started getting better…
    Long story short I was told I would probably not be able to walk without assistance & Most Dr’s didn’t think that I was going to live…because of C.F. SLUDGE etc…
    This year I BLEW All Dr’s and Scientist away as many have TOLD me that they didn’t think they would see me this year!!!
    I Fooled them all … Today I am Fit Fine over 49 & so very BLESSED TO be ALIVE today & I have been involved in HEALTH AND FITNESS my whole LIFE…that is why I even lived from my fall…& I would love to help you Bounce Back too !!!
    Please call me anytime
    702 286 6499 as I know you inspire others every day & I would to help you build back up …#Mind #Body and #Soul!

  • Christy
    Reply Mar 21, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Be careful about overdoing it too soon. I walked too much too soon after a foot surgery and ended up busting my internal stitches and getting an infection. I didn’t know this was happening bc some nerves had been cut and I didn’t feel pain.

  • Jane
    Reply Mar 21, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Good luck in your knee rehab!

  • Donna DiCosta
    Reply Mar 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I am proud of your commitment to getting stronger. You r an inspiration to me.

  • Mae
    Reply Mar 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Jerry I feel you pain, I had a knee replacement in November las year and going through this winter and recovery was the worst. I had a double lung transplant almost 10 years ago and I swear I would do another one before I did another knee replacement. The pain is worse and the nerve pain is terrible. I’m not driving because of the pain meds and in having trouble getting in and out if the car. Still going to therapy my husband and friend drive me where I need to go. I just thought this recovery would be faster I’m not a patient person I’m a doer. I’m frustrated, hang in there I’m with you. I too am trying to keep moving so I don’t get the cf complications. Praying for you!

  • Nicole Burroughs
    Reply May 3, 2018 at 11:18 am

    YOU ROCK JERRY, I am the mom of a two year old with CF but I am also the daughter of a man that had two complete knee replacements along with 9 yes 9 back operations. They started around 1985 when I was 5 he had his first back op done. He played football at Auburn for Pat Dye where he messed his knees up. He then went to work at a paper company where he messed his back up. He became completely disabled around 91 or 92. I was only 11 from that point on Jerry my father did very little to nothing with my only brother and I. He laid all day long on our couch complaining day after day. Then on Feb. 11 2010 I found my father in his bathtub with a self inflicted gun shot wound to the chest, the ultimate betrayal. I now have a two year old who has CF along with Autism. Not bad but a mild sensory processing disorder. You have given me so much hope over these last two years. I don’t do facebbok but I follow u closely through emails. You are one amazing man and and right now at this moment you are my hero. I never had one growing up but now with everything you do and stand for I couldn’t imagine a more perfect one. Keep up the good attitude and your spirit and you will come out of this just fine. Your tens unit will become your bff and rainy days will be your new enemy for years to come. The weather changes always made him ache and Dr’s said it would. Till next time my friend take care

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