Despite being born with discoid meniscus, a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage that sits in between the bones of the knee, Abigail landed her dream role as Clara with The Ballet Academy of Moses Lake. Over the years, she also grew as a competitive dancer and began assisting with dance lessons for the younger dancers at her studio.
Just one week before Nationals, her meniscus started to dislocate.
"I had to sit out of two dances and reverse a solo fifteen minutes prior to performing to compensate the injury," she said. "I was lucky to have the support of my family, teachers, teammates and my surgeon to help me get through this year."
Last September, Abigail had surgery to correct the birth defect and has had two other surgeries since. She remains positive and looks forward to completing physical therapy and returning to dance. She keeps her hopes up and relies on the special bonds created through dance.
"Even though I can’t dance right now, just being at the studio with my teammates that I’ve created such a wonderful bond with is the perfect remedy to a bad day," she said.
Abigail's ability to persevere has only grown stronger.
"Sometimes it can be hard to apply corrections, or it can be hard to consistently stick with a goal when it seems like there’s no improvement," she said. "Dance has taught me that it’s always worth it in the end to stick with the plan and keep moving forward."