Jasin grew up riding horses in team roping events. As a husband and father, Jasin continued the tradition of riding with his own children and wife, Raychel. However, in 2003, his life changed in a fraction of a second while on a trip to a holiday family gathering. The car slid off an icy road and, as Jasin checked for damage, another vehicle slid into him. Jasin was seriously injured with a severe brain injury and was unconsious for a month at University Hospital.
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Riding through the cold mountain air as the sun was setting is the last thing Clay remembers before seeing two stray horses inches from his front motorcycle tire. The resulting impact caused a spinal cord injury with quadriplegia, a condition that affected the use of his legs, arms and hands.
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At age 54, David, a physicist and computer scientist, had excellent health and a successful career working on Minuteman missiles. David has a vague recollection of the day his life changed: "I was helping my daughter fix the brakes on her car. I had a wrench in my hand when suddenly everything became fuzzy and I dropped the wrench. My daughter said I was slurring my words. When we went in the house my wife said the side of my face was drooping. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital. A blood vessel had burst in my brain, causing a severe stroke."
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Beth's world began to unravel one night without warning. "It began with a headache. At 4:00 a.m. I awoke and felt like my head wasn't connected to my body. I wanted to wake my brother but I couldn't keep my balance and kept falling. I wanted to scream for help, but couldn't hear my own voice. So I just laid in bed and waited for help." Beth has a vague memory of her mother and brother driving her to University Hospital where she was soon admitted to the Neuro-Critical Care Unit. She was diagnosed with a life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke. The right side of her body was paralyzed, her speech was slurred, and she had blurred vision.
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Six months after her son Cade was born, 25 year old Danna learned that she had osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in her left leg. Suddenly the joys and challenges of being a new parent took on an entirely new meaning.
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