76 responses

  1. Cait’s Plate
    July 13, 2011

    Oh my gosh Meghann!!! I can’t believe that happened to you! What a crazy, crazy experience! So glad everything ended up okay and you’re still able to be as active as you are now!
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  2. Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    July 13, 2011

    Holy cow, now that’s a story! And it makes it even more amazing you’re accomplishing all that you’re accomplishing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 13, 2011

    I cannot imagine having that sort of cast on — that metal rod keeping your legs apart is crazy!

    And the Precious Moments clown isn’t scary! He’s probably the only non-scary clown out there. He’s cute!
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  4. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 13, 2011

    Wow, that is quite the story Meghann! I’ve never had a serious injury (knock on wood) but stories like this, as well as those that don’t turn out to be as lucky, always make me thankful for my health. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Hillary
    July 13, 2011

    Good Lord! I’ve (thankfully!) never done more than sprain an ankle, so I cannot even imagine the process that you had to go through. Way to be a trooper ; )
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  6. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 13, 2011

    Holy cow! That is insane! I have to admit the picture of you laying down with the bar between your legs in that cast made me laugh. What a ridiculous contraption! I can only imagine how miserable that must’ve been at that age.
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  7. karin (allpointswhole)
    July 13, 2011

    So glad to read this…badge of honor is right!!

  8. Hope
    July 13, 2011

    Oh, my! I can’t believe you went through all of that! I’m sorry that you had to deal with that! Look at everything you accomplished though! That is something to be proud of!
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  9. April B
    July 13, 2011

    OUCH! Bless your little heart. You were so tiny and cute. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable that must have been, and I’m sure it was hard to miss out on school! Thanks for sharing your story. I’m really glad you were able to make a full recovery, otherwise we might not have gotten to enjoy your healthy living blog!
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  10. Jen
    July 13, 2011

    That part about your dad being so upset by the sound of your leg falling left me in tears. I’m clearly hormonal.

    Awesome story! You need to go back and tell the Dr what an amazing job he did ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. shelby
    July 13, 2011

    Actually, this is the vein of your existence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulmonary_vein

    I think you mean “bane,” yes?
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    • Kelly
      July 13, 2011

      also, it’s metal rod, not medal rod.
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    • Liz
      July 13, 2011

      I came here to say this, Shelby, but you were much more hilarious about it, lol.

      • meg
        July 13, 2011

        haha, always so many typos.

      • Liz
        July 13, 2011

        I’m an editor by trade, so I notice these things, and I want people to have proper English, dammit! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Meghann
      July 13, 2011

      Well, when you put it that way, I think I prefer vein. Makes more sense to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I corrected it though.

  12. Dori
    July 13, 2011

    WOW. I am actually really surprised that you went through all of that and are such a strong, mostly injury-free runner now. Amazing how the body can heal. Makes me feel more positive about my own much more minor injuries recovering.
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  13. annelies
    July 13, 2011

    What an inspiring story Meghann. It seems this injury helped contribute to the strong person you are today! I feel like our scars can be badges of honor and remembering what we’ve gone through to make it this far. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  14. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life
    July 13, 2011

    Wow you must have really done some damage to go through all of that! Its amazing you are such an amazing athlete today!!!
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  15. Hilary
    July 13, 2011

    My son had to wear this same type of cast when he was 7 months old…he’s just over two now and shows absolutely no side effects, but I always worry. Hearing your story, and knowing all the amazing physical things you can do, gives me such a peace of mind for my baby! Thank you so much!

  16. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    July 13, 2011

    Meghann, OUCH! Being in the hospital for a few DAYS is miserable to most people – little 9-year-old you was such a trooper! I can’t imagine having a full leg cast, much less one that basically immobilized you (well, in a sense ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Most of the details here made me kind of nauseous, ha, definitely not meant for the medical field.

  17. Mary
    July 13, 2011

    Like I said when you first brought this up on twitter… I’m SO glad I’m a cardiac nurse!

    that looks SO tortureous!
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  18. Laura @ Backstage Pass
    July 13, 2011

    What an interesting experience. It’s beautiful and remarkable that you are now so active, having overcome such a crazy injury! Thanks for sharing your story.
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  19. Christina
    July 13, 2011

    Oh my goodness, I’ve never heard of anyone else that was in a body cast before. I broke my left femur when I was 6 at recess right before our Christmas party. My cast wore a hole on my heel and I still have scars from it! I remember everything too…and traction was HORRIBLE. I hated the outfit I had on that day and was so happy they had to cut off my skirt haha.
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  20. Juli D.
    July 13, 2011

    Holy cow – what an experience! I’m glad it all ended up okay and you don’t have any serious permanent damage. PS – the expression is “bane of my existence” not “vein.” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Meghann
      July 13, 2011

      My bad. Could have sworn it was vein. Guess I’ll go back to school for that English degree one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Juli D.
        July 13, 2011

        Doesn’t really have anything to do with your English/writing abilities. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s more one of those funny things you realize you’ve had wrong all your life. I didn’t realize that the Washington Redskins were from DC until I had a friend move there a year ago – I always thought they were from Washington state!
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      • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
        July 13, 2011

        Really, they’re from DC? I had no idea!
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      • Meghann
        July 13, 2011

        Wait, they’re from DC? I thought they were from Washington the state too!

      • Lish
        July 13, 2011

        And the Washington Redskins’ training camp is in Virginia and their actual stadium where they play their games is in Maryland. Totally, completely makes sense, right?

      • Juli D.
        July 14, 2011

        Ha ha, glad I’m not alone! Crazy, eh?
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  21. Amanda
    July 13, 2011

    Is that a 101 Dalmations bedspread?!? I think I had the same one! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  22. Anne @strawberryjampackedlife
    July 13, 2011

    Your cast is very similar to my brothers cast. He was born with one leg shorter than the other as well as hip dysplasia. Among his many surgeries throughout his lfie, when he was in 8th grade he was in a half body cast with a bar between his legs. For some reason he chose a hot pink cast, too. He still went to school, and I rode on the short bus with him for three months. I like to tell people “Don’t go knocking the short bus!” ๐Ÿ˜€
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  23. Cassie @ Back to Her Roots
    July 13, 2011

    Wow! That is SO crazy! I never broke any bones until I was 21 (and then it was a bone in my foot that couldn’t have a cast on it). I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be in a body cast!

  24. Katy (The Singing Runner)
    July 13, 2011

    Dang! That is quite the story! I NEVER would have guessed that something like that happened to you! Here you are today, doing marathons, triathlons and training for a HIM!

    Definitely an interesting story to tell!
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  25. Brooke @ bittersweetb
    July 13, 2011

    Wow, your story is pretty amazing. I can’t imagine being in the hospital that long or having a cast like that. You’re a trooper! And look at you now, about to run a half marathon, pretty darn impressive.
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  26. Erin@JustBreathe
    July 13, 2011

    Awesome, crazy story!
    I’m pretty sure I had those same Christmas pajammas as a kid!
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  27. kristen (inspiredbydooce)
    July 13, 2011

    No physical therapy? I guess that goes to show how resilient a child’s body is! If that happened now you’d be doing physio forEVER…
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  28. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    July 13, 2011

    That is absolutely insane! I can’t believe your traction broke TWICE! That must have been so painful!
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  29. Krystina (Organically Me)
    July 13, 2011

    You poor thing!
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  30. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    July 13, 2011

    whoa!! That is quite the cast. And look how far you’ve come!! Inspiring!
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  31. Julie
    July 13, 2011

    Wow! I have heard stories of how my dad was in a body cast for several months during his youth due to a back injury. He has no pictures of it though, so this definitely gave me a better perspective. Thanks for sharing!
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  32. RhodeyGirl
    July 13, 2011

    Oh my God I had no idea. I can’t even imagine going through that as a kid. I broke my wrist/forearm in a freak stupid accident in 1st grade and that was torture- I can’t imagine going through what you want through. You are one tough cookie!
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  33. Theodora
    July 13, 2011

    You look so sad in the first pic ๐Ÿ™ Glad you recovered so well!
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  34. Samantha @ Bikini Birthday
    July 13, 2011

    That half body cast is ridiculous! That’s the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen!

    Luckily, I was a ‘fraidy cat as a child and did nothing that would harm me even remotely… no broken bones ever!

    • Samantha @ Bikini Birthday
      July 13, 2011

      P.S. That crazy precious moments clown rocks. seriously. that would have made my day.

  35. Hayley @ Hayley Daily
    July 13, 2011

    WOW — that is crazy!! How that must have sucked, so hard **cries**. I second the notion that it definitely seems like your doctor fixed that leg up right though. Goodness!
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  36. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    July 13, 2011

    Poor kiddo! That’s so sad ๐Ÿ™ I totally had the same nightgown that you’re wearing in the first picture!
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  37. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    July 13, 2011

    Oh my gosh- I cannot even imagine being in a full body cast, esp as a kid. I was couch-bound for a couple weeks due to getting my foot run over/surgery a couple years ago, but this is far worse. Thank you for sharing this.
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  38. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    July 13, 2011

    HALF BODY CAST!? Oh my lordy you brave brave soul!
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  39. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories
    July 13, 2011

    COOL story. I mean, it’s awful that it happened, but kind of fun to tell and watch people’s faces. I have a badge of honor and story as well. Not ashamed of it at all. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  40. Shannon
    July 13, 2011

    That’s crazy! When I was three years old the same thing happened to me. I was swinging on a swing and fell off breaking my right femur. I was also in traction for a few weeks and then had a full body cast like yours for about 8 weeks. My mom made velcro underwear for me ๐Ÿ™‚ What hospital were you at when this happened? I know you grew up in titusville, Im from melbourne and I was at Holmes Regional!

    • Meghann
      July 13, 2011

      Parrish medical center

  41. Lish
    July 13, 2011

    The exact same thing happened to a girl in my class when I was in the 3rd grade. Her mom brought her in for our end of the year party and I remember “how do you pee??” being the first question asked. She had velcro undies, too and everyone was kind of letdown by that answer b/c we’d already constructed elaborate ‘peeing devices’ in our heads. Bummer.

  42. Aleyta
    July 13, 2011

    omg you were the cutest kid ever! A smile on your face even with a cast ๐Ÿ™‚
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  43. RunToTheFinish
    July 13, 2011

    This makes it all reasonable that you were able to take smiling pictures during the biking incident, that was child’s play! I always love when you talk about your family because they are great, so I know I don’t comment often but I’m lurking and wanted to say glad you were ok this time around and not afraid to get back out there
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  44. Pam
    July 13, 2011

    Congrats to you for surviving that experience. I am a pediatric orthopedic nurse, and we still use those casts. We call them 1 1/2 spica casts and the girls do best to wear sundresses and panties that are split on the sides and attatch with velcro. I know that pottying with one of these casts is not much fun.

  45. Lauren
    July 13, 2011

    Wow, I had no idea! Thanks for sharing this story Meghann. You have been through so much at such a young age but when you think about it, it’s amazing how the body can heal, especially at such a young age. Imagine if you did that now. I almost guarantee you wouldn’t have healed nearly as fast or as well.
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  46. Amy
    July 13, 2011

    Holy crap! What an insane story !
    And yea you were right the yogurt dressing = weak.
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  47. Hilary
    July 13, 2011

    GREAT story! Thanks for sharing….and obviously has not set you back at all!
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  48. Trish
    July 13, 2011

    Oh you poor thing. How awful that must have been.

  49. Jess@atasteofconfidence
    July 13, 2011

    Oh my! It must have been difficult to go through that so young, but you certainly bounced back quickly!
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  50. Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy
    July 13, 2011

    Wow…this actually gave me goosebumps! That was a lot for you to go through at that age- I can’t imagine! Do they still do that…or is there advanced technology that would keep kids out of body casts for that type of injury?
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    • E
      July 13, 2011

      They still do those casts for a broken femur….

      • Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy
        July 14, 2011

        Hmm..you think they would think of something that allows kids to be more mobile. Hopefully one day!

  51. Stephanie
    July 14, 2011

    I’m a nurse at an orthopaedic hospital and we have TONS of kids with traction and spica casts (the ones with the bar in the middle). It’s so tough to watch them, but they come up with the most brilliant ways to get normal tasks done without help. It’s so inspiring
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  52. Liz
    July 14, 2011

    Poor thing. And I swear I wasn’t laughing at your misfortune, but I cracked up when I saw the clown pic. That is my childhood worst nightmare.

  53. Meg Maher
    July 14, 2011

    Wow! I cannot imagine being in that body cast for 6 weeks. I broke my left femur 3 years ago (I was 28 at the time), but I didn’t get a body cast. Just a temporary traction pin in the trauma center and then surgical IM rod and nails. I always feel a kindred spiritness and connection when I meet/know of someone else who has broken their femur, since it’s such a large and difficult bone to break. Your description of how you felt right when it happened, the sharp pain in your leg and gasping for breath. I relate so much. That’s exactly how I felt. I always describe it as feeling like the wind got knocked out of me, but in my leg….that intense deep muscle spasm pain. It’s funny, the details and things that are forever etched in our mind.

  54. Kristen @ The Concrete Runner
    July 14, 2011

    Wow, that is crazy! Do you ever feel any sort of pain or aching from your break? My uncle broke his femur playing football with the neighbor kids about 10 years ago (he was 34) and all they did was cast up the leg and give him a wheelchair and walker. I wonder if it depends on where you break it or if medical procedures have just changed that much in 17 years? Glad it hasn’t affected your running at all, because you’re blog would be WAY different if it did!
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  55. Halley (Blunder Construction)
    July 14, 2011

    That photo from the paper is horrifying. Seriously, way to make a sad little girl even sadder!! Seems like you were just as active as a 10 yr old as you are now! Nothing can slow you down!
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    • Halley (Blunder Construction)
      July 14, 2011

      10 minutes later, I’m still laughing at how messed up that hospital photo is!
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  56. Katie G.
    July 14, 2011

    Wow, what an experience! I can’t timagine going through something like that at such a young age! Despite all of the pain and discomfort, you seem to have a smile on your face in all of the pictures!
    ps: that clown thing is scary
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  57. Kelly
    July 14, 2011

    My story isn’t as extreme, but I can definitely relate to vividly remembering a broken bone from 14 years ago. I was 11 and broke my fibula and tibia while playing soccer. Landed me in a full leg cast for 4 months. No fun at all!

  58. Sarah K
    July 14, 2011

    Wow, what an experience!
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  59. Alan
    March 13, 2012

    Hi there my sister was fourteen she broke her femur and was in cast like you about 4 years ago they first had her in the old plaster my mom could hardly move her then they put fibreglass casts on her bar was a bit wider so I know wahat you went through . She never stoped moaning she eventually started walking in the cast then she broke it and they put two bars one at the knee and one at the ankles,Regards Alan south africa

  60. Carol Lancaster
    March 9, 2013

    Glad it hasnโ€™t affected your running at all, because youโ€™re blog would be WAY different if it did! They still do those casts for a broken femurโ€ฆ. Heโ€™s probably the only non-scary clown out there. Itโ€™s so tough to watch them, but they come up with the most brilliant ways to get normal tasks done without help.

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