History of Events

October 4, 2002 Falls 15 feet from a tree, breaking her back, and has emergency surgery. More detail.
October 5, 2002 Learns the extent of her injuries, most notably, a crushed spinal cord at T10/T11. No prognosis given.
October 14, 2002
Flies with a medical team to Craig Hospital in CO to begin inpatient, acute rehabilitation.
October 15, 2002
Begins rehabilitation including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and health education.
October 28, 2002
Told she is not expected to walk again; reserving her faith in recovery, Lyena plans for full independence once released.
October 15–December 9, 2002 Battles recurrent infections but manages to complete most of her rehabilitation goals.
December 10, 2002 Returns home on her 34th birthday.
January 19, 2003 Visits Project Walk.
January 26, 2003 Is evaluated at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, MO.
February 1, 2003 Starts developing a “recovery program” of alternative and traditional therapies.
February 10, 2003 Starts training at Project Walk.
March 3-7, 2003 While evaluating therapies at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, moves legs a few inches while in water.
April 21, 2003
Voluntarily moves legs a tiny amount while training at Project Walk.
May 31, 2003
Returns to the stage with "The Road to Recovery."
June 14, 2003
Crawls a few inches independently.
June 15, 2003
Begins dancing again.
July 30, 2003
Goes sea kayaking for the first time.
September 6, 2003
Is briefly able to perceive touch on her leg.
September 10, 2003
Goes camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
September 18–21, 2003 Hospitalized with a kidney infection.
October 4, 2003
One-year anniversary.

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