If you know me, you know me for my deadlift. It is how I became who I am today. My deadlift broke world records. It was my favorite lift. My bench was decent for the class I was in. I benched 402lbs weighing in at 165lbs at the meet I broke the all time total. I relied on my deadlift for meets. Two years ago I injured my left knee and had to repair it via surgery. Twenty weeks after surgery I was back to pulling 806lbs. However, on this 806lbs pull, I hurt my right knee. I was extremely upset and and I eventually became depressed. I was almost to the point of giving up on powerlifting. Because, "Without my deadlift, where am I with just a decent squat and decent bench. I love being a powerlifter, it's my life. I had to dig deep. So I went to work on my bench. Seven months of hard work, dedication, perseverance and great programming I went from a 402lbs bench to benching 495lbs and still pushing. Moral of the story: When you get somthing taken from you, you can't give up. Focus on something else that will make you feel great again. One door closes and another opens??? Well that door doesn't just open up. You have to work hard, even harder than before to get that door to open. Never quit something you truly can't go a day with out thinking about.