Adaptive Sports Supports People Like Shauna HicksPatient Experience
by John Weidner | Jan 27, 2016
The Brooks Adaptive Sports & Recreation program provides an important support system for people like Shauna Hicks.
Shauna has been athletic all her life. She went to college on a basketball scholarship. She was once named Miss Atlanta Bodybuilder. Every day after work, Shauna would go to her son Sebastian’s school and work out – running up and down the stairs and around the track. After 25 years as an administrative assistant an acquaintance recognized her drive and determination and asked if she wanted to work at their gym.
At the age of 48, Shauna Hicks got her dream job as a Cross-Fit trainer. Then Shauna had a massive stroke.
She was driving to the gym when she hit the car in front of her. That driver got out to see if she was injured and recognized that she was having a stroke. Shauna doesn’t remember being rushed to the hospital. She doesn’t remember the surgery where they found three clots, or how her head had swollen up to the size of a basketball. She doesn’t remember her family being told she wouldn’t survive the night.
It was Shauna’s level of athleticism that may have saved her life. She spent months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities working to regain her strength and mobility. When she moved to Jacksonville with her sister two years ago, she found Brooks. The Brooks Neuro Recovery Center (NRC) helped fuel her passion for physical training. Shauna works out 7 days a week, at home and at Brooks, and is slowly but surely recovering.
While at the NRC, Shauna heard about the Brooks Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program (ASRP). A fellow member convinced her to attend bowling one Friday night. She was hooked.
When the ASRP offered bus rides to various activities, Shauna tried yoga, then rowing, billiards and cycling. She loves them all because her athletic, competitive spirit is once again awakened. Now she looks forward to each new adventure and being around the many friends she’s made in the program.