Some of the hardest times of my life were the times I grew most. In no way do I want to go back and live again, but I would not trade today because of this difficult time. I'm a better person today because I grow through challenging time.
I've played a lot of tennis over the years. A few years ago, I suffered a major injury on my right shoulder in doubles. I shoulder the capsule and dislocated my shoulders out towards the back.
I went to surgery and would have been told from my father that the operation was not successful. It was more harm than originally expected. I spent the next three weeks with my shoulder impossible. I then went through a five-month treatment. The goal was to keep my shoulder steady and deliver as much variety of exercise as possible.
All of this time I kept a dream inside. I wanted to play tennis again. I wanted to play in GTE Indy Open which was a semi-pro tournament. I had never played in a semi-pro tournament before. But I believe I could do that. I believed that I could have overcome these injuries and played better than I had previously played before.
After a few months of work, I returned to the field and finally to the tournament. These first tournaments were rough. My shoulder could only handle so much stress and then I had to start serving a towel to protect my shoulder. Do you know how hard it is to work under supervision? But I continued and my work and faith were met.
Eight months after surgery I went to a very special tennis court. There was a court hosting the GTE Indy Open. I was there! I could! I had to beat the first round in English but I was there. The dream was over. The chicken on a cake was in touch with my good friend Arnel Gallanosa for the doubles. We came to the finals in which we played the number one missed team in the tournament. We had to beat that day but what experience it was. Not bad for a kid who was lying on an operating table just eight months earlier.
The lesson I learned from faith and perseverance made all the pain that I went through all worth (not fun but worth it). When hard times come, be strong and discover what you can learn because there is a chance in disguise.