Hello, my name is Cassie Gould and my life changed forever on July 23, 2007. My family and I had been driving back from a trip to see family members when all at once, I remembered nothing. We had been hit by an 18 wheeler but thankfully I had no recollection of any of it. I had sustained a traumatic brain injury, a compound left leg fracture, and I had a stroke that affected the right side of my body. I can't recall how long I'd been unconscious but when I came to, I was awake, but I don't remember any of it.
I had been placed in ICU for many weeks with myself praying for recovery. I had been in Arkansas Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and I woke up and I was in TIRR Memorial Herman. Throughout it all I was told I'd never have a normal life again, never walk, or have a normal teenage life because of what my doctors had told me.
Through the years of beating the odds and proving the doctors wrong, day by day I got stronger. What had helped me most physically was when I worked with Isabel Northington in Killeen, Texas. My wonderful physical therapist, "Bellah", worked with me every other day to make me stronger mentally and physically.
I was having a hard time believing in myself because of the limitations I had made for myself, but Mrs. Bellah believed I could break through the barrier I had set for myself. From the many obstacles like getting in all fours in "Quad", to climbing stairs, to pushing me to use my other hand that have been affected by the stroke, to opening my fingers, to using my right arm to bring rings overhead, to doing things on incline wedges, to believing that I can do it made me come past the car accident that made me want to stop telling myself I could do it. I couldn't have done any of it with out Mrs. Bellah. I'm now attending college in Houston and I'm a medical assistant in training to be working in the hospital that I went to that changed my life and soon will be working in the field that I thought would end my life but it simply brought it back to life. Thank you so much mrs. Bellah. I couldn't have done any of it without you.