This story is to say thanks to all who have been and supported me before and after the accident. This story is to share my experience with all who need that kind of support, good word and mental power to fight the injury. And finally this story is for me and me only - as a reminder how much strength I have hidden inside. For last 4 years climbing was all my life. Being at my early 30thies, working at gaming industry and finding time for 3-hour training everyday, was more then complicated. However, there was no excuse, no force to keep me away from climbing. Was feeling strong and unbreakable ;)

During one competition I fell off a pretty high boulder. I still remember seconds before my fall. It was silly position, I was hanging upside down and just wanted to reach to the top with my hands. Then I lost it. Luckily landed on both feet but I guess the surface was wavy and fall was too hard. My knee couldn’t take it. Huge pain. Ambulance was there quite fast. I couldn’t move my knee at all. “Please don’t let it to be broken” was in head the whole time. Paramedics and doctors didn’t spare me from ‘smart’ comments such as I shouldn’t climb so high. Injuries .. broken tibia, ACL torn in two, both LCL and MCL badly injured, cracked meniscus - all in one fall. They said that I MIGHT be able to climb after 1 year but it’s not gonna be anything like before this accident. Was not so strong and unbreakable any more. To be honest I couldn’t stop crying for couple hours.

Next days were bad. There was so much anger and sadness mixed up. I knew there is no way I stop climbing just had to find MY OWN way to fight for it. I googled the whole Internet for the right reconstruction method. Chose one and let doctors reconstruct my knee and my hopes : ) After waiting for my broken tibia to heal docs transplanted ACL and after 2 days I was back home. I stopped climbing for only 5 days after the operation. Modified my whole training. Leaving my crutches by the wall and climbing one-legged on over-hanged walls. Days were all the same. Morning physical therapy for my leg at the surgery. Evening climbing with one leg, top-rope campus and all other different ways to keep me moving. My knee brace was giving me hard time too.

I’m not gonna lie.. doctors and rehab people didn’t even wanted to hear about me climbing. It was strictly forbidden. I decided not to stop climbing and took all the responsibility for my actions. It probably looked easy.. the girl is climbing with one leg. The truth was that I was climbing with one leg and additional 50 kilos of worries in my head, ‘be careful, no.. don’t twist it, don’t bump it on the wall.. hold on, what was that pain.. etc.’

Rule #1 of recovery: Do what makes YOU happy :) So I did.

That is how the months were passing by.. and here is the most important thing. From the very beginning my friends and the closest people were with me. Giving the support I needed. Spending their time, trying to find the way for the best training for me, as well as keeping me from going too hard. Helpful hand, cheering words or just a smile, all that kept me moving. After placing some pics of me climbing in knee brace on ILOVECLIMBING I started receiving messages from people around the world who suffered similar injuries with questions or just with best wishes. It’s a great feeling that you can help somebody just by sharing your experience !!

I know I’m only half way now ..but with such friends and support recovery is just a matter of time. Climbers society is great. You couldn’t wish for better companions, friends and people you can rely on. Climbing requires devotion, time and patience but it gives so much in return. And in the end it teaches us how to be strong and unbreakable – literally and mentally.

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  • Gaylord Roukine
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    Amazing story ! Respect @aneta !!!

  • Danny Baker
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    Aneta, you are a tremendously driven woman. So much heart and bloodshed for the passion of climbing. No one can account for the multitude of depressions and struggle you may have dealt with, mentally and physically in order to get back to your feet 100%. Inspired by you! :)

  • Aneta Pruszyńska
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    Hi there ALL ! This is amazing how many people are contacting me. Thank you so much for kind words !! I cant believe that I've moved so many of you with my story. Hope that sharing my experience is helpful enough :) I'm trying to answer all of you :):) My recovery takes time and I know that long way before me but this experience is teaching me so much :) Patiency mostly :) and now filling me a great happiness that I have the support from climbers around the world ! thanks again! I'm sending BIG SMILE from Poland!

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    I know Aneta for almost 20 years. I thought I knew this girl. I also thought that nothing will ever surprise me about her. What I saw today it’s beyond me. Truly your passion for climbing, determination and focus illustrate to everyone who read your story that you should never give up and always push yourself to the limit, catch the dream and become reality. “The harder you stand, you won't take a fall because you are the winner, and winner take all” Good luck with climbing! x

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    Go go go! :) Never give up, never surrender girl!

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    Totally awesome! To be honest she had so much climbing spirit in her that I believe it helped her knee to heal faster. She went back to what she loves (climbing) so fast after the accident and the surgery that it really surprised me. I can barely see anyone who loves something as much as Aneta loves climbing.

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    It’s absolutely fantastic how my many smiles I caused : ) Can’t think of a country that I haven’t got the message from : ) You are saying thank you for positive vibes, motivation and help with your training. And I say THANK YOU for opening up and making me even more motivated and powerful. You ROCK GUYS !! Smiling at the screen everyday each time I open, read and write back to you – became a daily routine : ) Thank you New Zealand, India, Turkey, US, Russia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Bulgaria, UK, Germany, Slovakia, Japan ……. And every single corner of the world full of climbers. YOU ARE SO UNBREAKABLE !! My story was to create smiles and it went for so much more :)

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    Impressive story she shared, motivating, inspiring but for most yes ..it made me smile! That is what I needed in my long-lasting injury. I contacted Aneta, wasn’t expecting response. Just wanted to say thanks for publishing that story! But she did ! Such a funny and open person.. sharing her methods for one leg training and all. Thanks Aneta for people like you. Wish you all the greatest achievement in your life – definitely deserve it.

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    Yes! Aneta has the spirit and gave a part of that to me too. I wasn’t suffering any bad injury but needed a kick in my climbing. Got it. Keep on smiling girl. You are strong and beautiful human being.

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    Aneta wow this is amazing, you are the strongest woman I know :) Wish you continued success!

  • Bartosz Jachym
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    Aneta, YES you can! :)

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    I see Aneta everyday in climbing gym and her passion is really GREAT! She climbs at her limit. Very nice to see so true unbreakable climber:) You can all that you want Aneta!=)

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    She's bloody strong.. Mental power gives so much in any kind of sport. Good luck in climbing and I keep my fingers crossed for your full recovery.I want to see you bouldering again girl !!

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    Anything is possible when force is passion. Never give up... Like Aneta!!!!

  • Anna W
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    Since I climb, she is my inspiration :) She's always been unbreakable!

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    The thing is he must comment sort of " I like the way she's going through that injury, showing us all how to handle that kind of experience and smile all the way. Like that attitude in life , helping article , thank you Aneta!! You tought us well about how we should make our path to what we want and don't stop from trying to reach it, even if there are difficulties ahead. Your passion admirable!

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    wow, that was a really tough experience. It amazes me how you kept on your goal. I hope one day I have the same tenacity as you.

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    I'm really amazed. I can not believe that you are still climbing after such injury. I got an injury much less critical and i stopped climbing.you did what i got afraid to do... you continued and you didn't give up. that really amazed me. i wish you luck

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    what an intense situation. I don't know how you get out of it so fast, I think its your passion about climbing that made it possible. You are really strong and not just in body, also in will. Bravo!

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    Aneta is the strongest woman I have ever met and ever climbed with, especially mentally. She always reaches her goals and aims high. I have observe here all the way, from her injury throughout her recovery until her come back. Now she is stronger than she ever was. She survived hard days and she thought that she will never be able to climb again, but she never gave up, because that’s how winners are made. Good luck in your climbing career, you are able to achieve anything you wish. Even our bet is just a matter of time;)

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    Amazing story! I also tore my ACL (different sport several years ago) and the lack of being able to do anything was terrible. I didn't get into rock climbing until recently and I am having a blast with it. Nothing feels better than successfully climbing a route. Keep up the recovery,and keep that smile. Wish you the best!

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    Thank you all for lovely support and all kind words. Plenty of you who keep contacting me are in perfect shape, others suffer all kinds of injuries but fighting them with great power. Love for climbing connects us all. My 2013 was a tough one but nothing happens without a reason : ) I learned patience mostly  December brought me loads of happiness. Started to jogtrot and try to attempt first dynamic moves. I’d like to believe that at some time in 2014 I could try come back to bouldering. For now I’m doing my best using rope. Hope the next year will bring all of you splendid time and excellent results in climbing. Let us ALL be stronger, aim higher, think broader and above all smile brighter : ) Sending hugs from Poland.

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    Power, muscle, self-discipline, tenacity, patience, ambition, cleverness, consideration - maybe... :) Aneta has all that trait, but it isn't so important. The most important is the fact she's so smart and lovely :) Come back to your real power! We're waiting for you ^^

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    Aneta, you are amazing! Your spirit is comparable to ancient warriors.. Unfortunately, we don't meet people with such personality in today's world very often..

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    Strong girl she does more pull-ups than most of the boys at our gym ;D Don’t embarrass us anymore and come back to full-time bouldering ;)) Good luck Aneta !!

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    While being still injured she was giving climbing lessons to beginners ( including me : ) ) how cool is that !? With patience and smile on her face. All the best to you girl!

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    Hehe :) yeah Patryk , teaching you and your friends was a great fun ^^ and as for pull-ups at the gym ..I advise you Karol and your football budies to train more of these:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4fr3ztSQcM

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    maybe it's funny but I just aksed myself - how many times you remember the day, the moment you met someone? even if it's someone special to you today... you remember it? Somehow I remember the moment I first met Aneta at climbing wall... and I don't think I'll forget it :)

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    ...and I though...ain't no ordinary for sure ;D Wish you full recovery!

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    Send me some of your training points. I want back muscles like yours ;)) pure power :) your leg was allowed to take longer holidays indeed !

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    Great improvement and persistence. Keep it up and don’t slow down. You are our smiling star !!;)

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    Aneta stop playing with us...you're just a little spider climbing and jumping over the walls,smacking you or even taking 1 limb off won't stop you from reaching your goal.Congrats animal:)!

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    Compelling story! It's dreadful, my girl had the same accident... many shed tears. I wish you a lot of happiness and mountain peaks :)

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    TAERN team supports you strong lady :))

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    Amazing story and very inspirational :)

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    Extraordinary girl with life passion. All the best to You!

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    She is soo cool :*** love

  • Damian Bodniewicz
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    I met Aneta about a year ago when I have started my adventure with climbing. Since then I have known that she is very strong woman from the physical point of view. However, her story shows that physical power must be together with a great spirit, courage and a huge passion to the sport. My first discipline are martial arts and I know that more then 70% of success are mind and strength of will. Based on that fact I'm sure that YOU WILL WIN YOUR BATTLE :)))

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    Great story . Wish you all the best :-)

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    Anitas fight back to activity & health is just the same, while every fight of this sort shows its individual longstanding efforts, ups & downs – and finally relieve, happiness and feeling of „new life“ when achieved

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    Aneta

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    Yeap Hermann :) growing your wings back to see them stronger and let them take you higher .. the best reward you can get :)

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    There is nothing as powerful as your willpower,,,congrats!!

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    Amazing

  • Pizzolato Alarico
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    Your story is really touching! I admire you!

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    lot of strength and encouragement from Spain!!!

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    Aneta, you are the greatest :)

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    You are very inspirational to me. Thank you

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    Total awesomeness!

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    Beautifull... Contratulations, because not everyone takes the hard path and rise the level to be unbreakable. You are a "walking lesson" :) Regards from Spain!

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    inspirational story! i want to climb more mountains now! =D

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    You are as strong as beautiful! All the best for the future and TAKE CARE!

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    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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    Respect !

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    Amazing story ! Respect @aneta !!!

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    Great Story. I am happy for you. I got myself an accident. I fell bad climbing in lead and got my left arm caught in the rope and the elbow completely over-elongated. Outside ligament cut, inside ligament torn... Surgery with good doctors. I could climb again 3 months after the accident at low pace. Now I can climb even better than before. I never gave up, just like you, and it paid off! All the best.

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    Aneta, you are totally right. Climbing is about devotion, time and patience and all that gives you so much in return. I have forgotten it but your words made me to remember all the inner peace I felt. I shall climb back again, stop with excuses about my knee.

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    You are right Aneta. Climbing is about all you said and gives you so much in return. Thanks to remind me how peaceful I was. I shall be back climbing and stop mourning about my knee tendon. Cheers and all the best!!!

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    You are right Aneta. Climbing is about all you said and gives you so much in return. Thanks to remind me how peaceful I was. I shall be back climbing and stop mourning about my knee tendon. Cheers and all the best!!!

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    Toughness and strength :) Congrats :)

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    You are an amazing person Aneta, keep going! blessings!

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    gym looks familiar, is it Fpinka ? Great recovery btw, stay strong!

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    Yess... love it..

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    I ha, exactly, exacta y, te same accident in a comp. Last year, May 2014, and i did te same aswell, do whatever makes you happy. Tranining, hardly on one leg, and dont stop my dreams and pasion

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    Admirable determination and motivation for me is a woman like you should be proud of

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    Admirable determination and motivation for me is a woman like you should be proud of

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    Ambition and determination to be worshiped

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    This is so inspiring. You are amazing, I hope you get well soon and come back even stronger! I´m just recovering from an injury on my right hand (cranked diskus, got it at a bouldering contest) and the first weeks were horrible- crying all the time. But slowly I found my way to keep doing what makes me happy- I climb easier boulder problems with just my left arm and so the time until I can finally use both arms again passes faster :)

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    You got my respect. Good on you! Always believe...

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