When you're the mother of five boys, life is already an adventure. For Christie from Indianapolis, having an active lifestyle isn't a choice: it's part of the job. From the normal, non-stop events like monitoring homework, being the mom chauffeur, and making sure everyone got fed that all parents experience to sitting on the pool deck for hours, watching all five boys dive, Christie was always on the go. If that weren't enough to keep a person busy, Christie is also an avid tennis player, hitting the courts several times a week, as well as a regular exerciser and skier.
Being a full-time mom, however, is hands down Christie's favorite activity. Spending time with her boys, doing the things they all love together, is life's sweet spot for her. Sometimes, when you're having one of those parental highs, you do something "cool" to impress your kids that doesn't end up working out quite the way you'd hoped. Just ask Christie.
The story began in 2017 when Christie, her husband and sons were on their annual spring break ski trip. Christie's husband had been a ski enthusiast when they met in college, and over the years she'd picked up the sport as well - but her kids teased her that she's the slowest skier in the family.
"The boys had stopped in the middle of the run to wait for me and I thought, 'Hah, I'll be really cool and just ski on past them and beat them to the bottom!" As Christie flew down the slope, she didn't realize a mogul was lying in wait for her under the new-fallen snow. "When I hit that bump, I got air. One ski flew off but the other didn't, which made my leg twist - as soon as I hit the ground, I knew I'd broken my leg."
An x-ray showed Christie would need surgery for her broken tibia and fibula in her left leg. Christie choose to come home to Hendricks Regional Health for her surgery.