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February 24, 2013

Kalkaska's Guy overcomes knee problems

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“Everybody was trying to do their best to help me, to get me playing,” Guy said. “It was difficult (sitting out). But I’m thankful for what I could do. I guess everything happens for a reason.”

Kelli’s parents continued to seek answers.

“We were very frustrated,” Kelli’s father, Gary, said. “Kelli kept a lot of it in, but I know she was really wondering whether she was going to be able to continue to play basketball. She couldn’t run, she couldn’t jump, she couldn’t bend her knee. She only had about 50 percent range of motion in it. She got through that season, but she was pretty discouraged.”

After consulting with doctors, Guy was referred to an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota.

“She looked at all the CAT scans, the MRI and the reports and basically confirmed that the (meniscus) injury had healed,” Gary Guy said. “Kelli had developed a condition called pseudogout. It’s not true gout, but it has some of the same symptoms where when she tried to play on her knee it continued to swell. She (orthopedic surgeon) said this was an issue that needed to be treated by a rheumatoid specialist.”

The Guys were referred to a doctor at the University of Michigan. It was there that they were told the condition was treatable with medication.

“Almost immediately the swelling went down,” Gary Guy said. “She’s been able to play the last two years pain-free. We have a lot to be thankful for. Just the fact she was able to come back is amazing and a real blessing.”

Back to her old self, Guy has continued on with one of the best careers in school history. She’s third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,598 points. She’s the school’s career assist leader with more than 500. In addition to the three league titles, the Blazers have won three districts and reached three regional finals in her first three years. Kalkaska is 85-10 over the last four years.

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