My name is Danny Hummer. I was born on September 10, 1995 in Columbus, Ohio. I have one good brother and two (sometimes!) good sisters. We live in Upper Arlington, Ohio a suburb of Columbus. From the time I can remember I’ve always loved the game of basketball. Since 3rd grade I’ve been competing at an elite level, at least within my age group. Three years ago I noticed my body felt different. I was in pain. Countless doctors looked at me but couldn’t figure out the problem. My peers and coaches started to lose faith in me because they couldn’t “see” the injury. I couldn’t go 100% all the time. It was just too painful. Not knowing what’s wrong with you can cause you to question everything that you’ve done. And that’s the exact thing I did. I started to question whether I was really even that good or if it was in my mind. I knew the pain was not just in my mind but it was hard to block out the questions, because I couldn’t do moves or things I used to be able to do easily. I couldn’t run the way I used to. My burst and acceleration went away. Waking up every morning sore and stiff took its toll on me. I can honestly say I was kind of depressed for a time. If it wasn’t for my family who believed in me, I don’t know who I would’ve turned to. My mindset finally changed when Dr. Ellis of Ohio State figured out what was wrong with me. I had Femeroacetabular Impingement, or FAI, in both hips. The discovery of what was wrong began a journey, a journey through which I healed and was able to achieve one of my major team goals: a trip deep into the Ohio state tournament draw and all the way to the state championship game. Along the way, I learned a lot about myself. First, that I am stronger than I thought. Second, that I have great determination. Third, I’ve always thought I had mental toughness and throughout this process I raised that to a whole new level. Fourth, I’ve come to appreciate people who reached out to help me and barely knew me. Fifth, I was able to find out that a lot of people truly care about me. People were there for me not when I was just up but when I was down. Last, I learned that the physical pain I had to experience through the surgeries should forever prepare me for life challenges ahead.
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