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Aug 22, 2013 1:50 PM by Elizabeth Hill

Cyclist, runner seriously injured in accident plans to run Zydeco Half Marathon

"I lost so much and I want to get it all back."

When Monique Koll began physical therapy she was confined to a wheelchair.

"She had one of the worst balance scores i've ever seen in my career," says physical therapist Wulf Thoma.

From barely being able to stand on her own to now walking with a cane, it's progress.

"I did walk a 5k a few months ago using a walker and it took me a couple of hours, but I did it."

As far as being able to run in February, Koll is determined, but realistic.

"Can I get it all back? I don't know, but I'm sure going to try."

"It's a frustrating thing for both the therapist and the patient because you cannot guarantee an outcome," says Thoma.

Koll says she started racing a couple years ago just as a way to stay healthy and active.

"If I wouldn't have, when I got hit, I wouldn't have that focus and I might not be struggling as much as I am, I might not know what my potential is and now that I know my potential I want to get back there, I have a focus."

"I can really push her till she falls apart and that's what makes an athlete an athlete and that's what makes recovery speedier."

While Koll says she does get down sometimes thinking about what she's lost, she tries to focus on what she's working to gain.

"I do think that good can come out of bad and I can see the community now and it's friends, it's family, it's people I don't know."

Koll has been able to ride a stationary exercise bike and this weekend plans to try to get back in the saddle on the road. Koll is blogging about her journey and if you are interested in finding out more about her story you can click here. Also, for more on the Zydeco Marathon click here.



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