Navigating a Life They Never Imagined

Lisa Huse administers neurofeedback therapy for her daughter, Jessica Huse, 23, at their home in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (Gary Reyes, Bay Area News Group)

In an article Mark Emmons wrote for the San Jose Mercury News, Emmons reveals that “as Jessica Huse struggled to hold her head up, her mother brushed back her hair and gently kissed her on the forehead. ‘Life happens,’ Lisa Huse said quietly as she straightened Jessica’s neck more comfortably into a brace attached to her wheelchair. ‘And life goes on, even when it’s not the one you had envisioned.'”

In August 2009, then 18-year-old Jessica, just a couple weeks from going off to college, was broadsided while driving to church services. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and was not expected to survive — but she did.

Doctors predicted that if she survived, she would live the rest of her life in a permanent vegetative state, but she surprised them again by regaining consciousness.


Thanks to Mark Emmons for writing the articleSan Jose Mercury News for committing its resources to publishing the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

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