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F e AT U r e National Scholarship recipient Amy Wooddell’s life is back on track after a debilitating stroke changed everything for her. re-inventing life HER WrIT Ten bY Leigh eLmore Amy Wooddell certainly never dreamed that she would win a college scholarship in 2013. She had already graduated in 2000 from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. “I have been a dancer since I was three years old. I graduated with a bFA in Modern Dance from TCU. I was following life as scheduled: graduated, got married, got a dog, bought a house. I thought I had my life planned out. However, life took a 180-degree turn on May 23, 2010. 16 W O M e n i n b U S I n e S S FA L L 2 013 “At 24 years old, I suffered a severe brain stem stroke from a dissected vertebral artery. The doctors were able to go in and break up the clot, but later that night I hemorrhaged into my cerebellum. I fell into a coma for a couple days. I woke up completely paralyzed and unable to speak. Those days were so long and unknowing: ‘Will I ever speak again? Will I ever move again? Will I ever dance again?’ “Those symptoms persisted for two weeks until I made the smallest movement with my pinky. At that exact moment, my husband was being told that I was likely to never move again. You know that small room outside ICU—which you never want to be in—he was in there with the doctors.” She spent 30 days in the ICU and another 30 days in rehab. She lay motionless and unable to speak. Finally, words started to form from her mouth, but came out as faint whispers. As those words became more vocal she told her husband of four months, that she loved him—and that she wanted an orange popsicle. Over and over again, she would mouth the word “popsicle.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of WOMEN In BUSINESS - Fall 2013

WOMEN In BUSINESS - Fall 2013
Contents
ABWA Member Benefits
Letter from Executive Director
Letter From Our 2012-2013 National President
Recognizing Our ABWA Scholars
SBMEF Update
ABWA News
Reinventing Her Life
Changing Women’s Lives 227 Women at a Time
At a Glance
Highlights
Meet Your Candidates
The Power of Dignity

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