That's what author Stephen King asked his doctors after his near-fatal 1999 car accident.
"No," they said, "but you'll be able to walk."
He had so many breaks in his leg, his doctor said it was like "marbles in a sack."
Now, he can walk, as they predicted. And better still, he can play tennis, he told Terri Gross, of NPR's Fresh Air (Tuesday, May 28, 2013 broadcast).
Doctors tend to lowball, King opined, so that you'll think you're beating the system later when you achieve a bit more.
The process to get there was grueling. Along the way, King became addicted to the pain medication Oxycontin, but kicked it after a a three-week withdrawal.
He closed his interview by saying, "Terri, next time you're up here, we'll play doubles....."
Something he couldn't have imagined years ago when he was laid low with the horrible tragedy and nearly lost his life.