Roller Derby has become a very big and important part of my life. I was 37 years old when a friend introduced me to the world of women’s roller derby. I was a single mother of a 17 year old in her senior year of high school, this was the first time since I was 19 that I wasn’t busy with all the day to day mommy duties. I needed something, not sure what, but something. I hadn’t skated since my childhood in the early 70ʼs.
My friend Chachi and I went to the local roller rink and the adventure began. I fell head over heels in love with the world of roller derby over the next 4 1/2 years. I took a pretty bad fall in October of 2011, I broke both the tibia and fibula in my right ankle It was also badly dislocated. I had a 6” titanium plate, 6 screws and 2 3” pins put in, I knew then this was my “thing” roller derby, that is, I couldn’t wait to get back on skates. 90 days later and very nervous, I skated again Derby has given me so much, confidence, new skills sets and a desire to better myself. I have given blood, sweat and tears for this sport and now, at 43 years old, I am in the best shape of my life and have a few extra titanium parts.
I have grown so much and have come to realize I am capable of many things, I never thought possible, before. I have met some amazing people along the way that have become like family. It is hard to put into words sometimes, how much roller derby has given me.
Love & Bruises,
Megan M. Bleed #667
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