Dear Dr. Stoddard,
When I first came to you with a torn tendon at the top of my hamstring, truthfully, I wasn’t so sure Stem Cell PRP could work. I had never heard of it before…and it seemed too good to be true. But I decided it was worth a shot because I desperately wanted to get back to running. And the pain was also interfering with my practice as a yoga teacher.
So in September of 2015, you performed the procedure, and 6 months of treatment followed. During recovery, I maintained my fitness level at group exercise classes, with some modifications, but I didn’t attempt to run for fear that running would undo all the healing you had done. My yoga practice became stronger and my confidence grew. You continued to encourage me and assure me that my injury was gone; that the procedure had been a success. So in June of 2016, I began my return to running with one slow kilometer on the treadmill. I gradually increased my distance and pace over time until I was running 8 km every Saturday morning. Well, last week, I ran my first 10k race since my injury…..and I was FIRST in my age group! I was ecstatic! And at the age of 46, I was 14th out of 307 female runners. That means I beat out a whole lotta younger ladies, most of whom were free of injuries like the one that I had experienced.
My first emotion as I heard those race results was gratitude toward you. Honestly, I can’t overstate this. You gave me back something I loved. And that feeling of accomplishment as I crossed that finish line…it’s indescribable. Without you, there would have been no medal around my neck that day. Or any day. And guess what? I encouraged my nine year old son to enter the race with me too (the 5k option) and he finished 2nd in his age group! Had I not run this race, neither would he, and so your skill as a doctor essentially produced two medals that day!
Thank you, Dr. Stoddard, for your expertise, your precision, your responsiveness your compassion. You are an exemplary physician and I am forever grateful to you for changing my life.