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Opinion

Bouncing back – Becky Nelson home for the holidays

Kaneland grad recovering from injuries suffered in Cayman Islands

KANEVILLE TOWNSHIP – Those closest to Becky Nelson have much to celebrate this Christmas, as the 27-year-old will spend the holidays at her family’s Kaneville Township house after spending months in hospitals recovering from injuries suffered after she was hit by a car.

Nelson is a Kaneland High School and Waubonsee Community College graduate who was living in the Cayman Islands at the time of the incident, which took place on July 1. An effort to help Nelson’s recovery took place at the Kaneville Community Center in October, called the “Help Becky Bounce Back Blowout” event. Organizers said more than $24,000 was raised.

Also a Facebook page, called “Help Becky Bounce Back,” has provided updates on her recovery. On Dec. 18, a post announced that Nelson was at her family’s home. “She was in a great mood all afternoon, so she must have been happy to get home,” the post read. “She had some pudding and watched some Christmas shows.”

And now, there is optimism. Anne Carson, Nelson’s aunt, said she drove Nelson home. Carson said Nelson was “doing much better” and that there is hope that she can make a full recovery.

“She’s talking a lot,” Carson said. “She knows everybody. She remembers things. She’s doing really well that way.”

Nelson spent months in a coma after the crash, and the Facebook page describes the recovery as “the fight of her life.” Family members have said Nelson was walking on a sidewalk at the time of the incident in the Cayman Islands. Carson said Nelson is sitting in chairs or using a wheelchair most of the time, but she is doing some walking. Carson said she has to relearn some things and said “she’s coming along.”

On the Facebook page, there is a picture of a Christmas tree drawn by Nelson, and Carson said her niece recently wrote her name.

“We’re just seeing some really good signs,” Carson said. “We’re hopeful.”

Carson said family members have been grateful for the community support, and she said the fundraiser was “amazing.” And now, she’s with family for the holidays.

“We were very happy that she got to come home for Christmas,” Carson said.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at alagattolla@shawmedia.com.

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