DLM • December 30, 1999
To The Visitors Of Maranatha Spring And Shrine:
My daughter swims for the University of Denverâ€™s swim team. The following story is a testimony. Teraâ€™s success has been made possible through the healing grace of God, the intercession of the Virgin Mary, and the dedicated concern of her coaches and therapists.
From the age of ten Tera swam during the summer months on a neighborhood swim team and during the winter months at the Ridgewood YMCA, where she was once awarded the MVP in her age group. However, at the end of her eighth grade swim season, she was diagnosed with a condition in her shoulders called multidirectional instability. Itâ€™s a condition she was born with and is aggravated by strenuous exercise of the arms. Since the condition is not readily correctable, she was warned that her swimming career might be finished.
Nevertheless, Tera was determined to try and when she began high school she joined the swim team. By the end of her junior year in 1999, she had set nine school records at Padua High School. But later that year the bottom dropped out.
She severely strained her shoulders while attempting to extend her training regimen to a more competitive level. The entire swim season of her senior year was frustratingly disappointing and painfully humbling to say the least.
In December of 1999, the Blessed Virgin announced a healing service to Maureen Sweeney-Kyle to take place on February 10, 2000. I took Tera to that prayer service and two days later at the high school sectional meet she swam stronger than at any other meet that year, qualifying her to swim in two individual events and two relay events at next weekâ€™s district qualifying meet. That next week, she swam very strong at practice and posted her best times of the year at the district meet at Cleveland State University pool.
Three days later the therapists at Lutheran Hospital tested her shoulders and stated they appeared normal and began her on a formal program of Nautilus resistance exercises. From this time on she has steadily increased her swimming distances and Nautilus exercises without any shoulder symptoms. In 25 years of medical practice, I have never witnessed first hand such an abrupt and complete recovery of a sports injury.
Tera tells me that in prayer God tells her to persevere because He wants her to swim in college. I will update her progress as Denver Universityâ€™s Division I swim schedule proceeds.
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