Everything had been going so well for DD this fall. She just turned 14 and won the starting RF position on a 16A team full of girls that that drive to practice (that's crazy to me), and the team played in their first exposure tournament this past weekend and came in first place. Today we went to a follow up appointment due knee pain she was having at the end of last season when she was catching. Due to that pain they did an MRI, and this morning we found out the results. She has a hyper mobile lateral meniscus, which I guess is hereditary, and the average recovery from the surgery is 6 months. We were going in thinking a basic scope would be needed sometime this winter, but this procedure requires a 3 inch incision and a much longer recovery. Due to her her age she should hopefully beat the 6 month average, but it's a blow for me and I can't read DD yet. She was pretty silent after the news and is not a good communicator in the first place. We have decided to do the surgery ASAP, which will be in 4 weeks, which allows her to play in 2 more tournaments this fall, including a big exposure tournament where I've already paid for the camp. But she will miss winter training, most or all of her freshman year of school ball, and if all goes well should be back for the heavy travel schedule in the spring.
Is there anyone who has been through similar knee injuries or lay offs who can offer words of wisdom for DD, and for me? We are trying to find silver linings, but one of DD's biggest attributes is her 2.7 speed, and I think she's worried about getting that back after this long recovery.