In August I had an accident at training and went to the hospital.


To make a long story short, I was sent to have an MRI of my knee and one week later. I got an appointment to meet up with the doctor to get results. I am that kind of person who tends to think about a lot of different scenarios and outcomes of a situation. Sometimes I get blown away by just my own mind being able to fit so many different scenarios into my brain.


In this situation, in particular, I had everything from “nothing to worry about” to “unfortunatly we are going to amputate your leg.

Why walk on two legs when you can have four?

Meeting up with a doctor is always fun, you never know if they will be on time. Am I going to meet a doctor from Greys Anatomy or a doctor House? In my everyday life, I spend a lot of time and energy on communication and information. Not all doctors spend that much time on these things, I’ve noticed. I am a curious soul that likes to ask a lot of questions. I don’t know about you guys, but the Norwegian health care is amazing: we pay high taxes in this country, but AMEN to that.


My visit at the hospital turned out to become an approximately 45-minute lesson on knees and kneeproblems. My nickname at home is already Dr. Google, so imagine my excitement when I got a one-on-one session with a real doctor (and everything I am taught today I can say and use as a proper source, I’m not even going to Wikipedia this).


After my lesson was over, I almost forgot the reason I went there until I looked down at the papers in my hand and it said “REHAB FIRST – SURGERY LATER”. Apparently my ACL and I were not friends anymore. What an exciting message to receive on a Monday morning.


I am currently on a rehab program, and I got a date next week with a specialist. Fingers crossed I get a new lesson to fill out my resume and increase my Google skills.



Johanna Tavares is a purple belt under Renato Tavares de Moraes. She trains under Renato and Eduardo "Teta" Rios, representing Frontline Academy in Oslo. Besides jiu jitsu, Johanna is also a club manager, fitness instructor and CrossFit level 1 trainer. She contributes to the Ladies Only BJJ blog and website also teaching women only jiu jitsu classes at Novus Academy and organizing open mat for all them jiu jitsu ladies in Norway.


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