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Matt Diercks

Achieving New Goals

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
Admit: 10/05/10
Discharge: 04/22/11

Matt with his niece, Brynn, at the 2017 Iowa State Fair

Matt Diercks knows firsthand that life can change in the blink of an eye. A motorcycle accident left him in a coma for more than four months, including some of his first days at On With Life. His father, Jeff, remembers how terrifying those first months really were. 

"Being told your son has a brain injury is one of the hardest things you could ever hear," Jeff says. "When you first start out, you just don't know where you're going to be. It was a long haul, but luckily Matt was up for the challenge." 

After emerging from his coma, Matt began reaching milestones in record time. The one-on-one therapy he received at On With Life helped him turn the corner and eventually walk on his own. One activity that he particularly enjoyed was aquatic therapy.

"He loves the water and has his whole life, so his therapists seized any opportunity they could to work with him in the pool," Jeff says. 

These days, Matt continues to achieve his  goals. His passion for the water grew into a business where he provides tours of the Mississippi River on his pontoon boat. Both his business and job as a driver for Enterprise give Matt an opportunity to meet new people every day. 

Matt formed close bonds with his team at On With Life, and he even attended the wedding of one of his nurses. Matt and his family still try to get back to On With Life and give thanks to the people who changed his life.

"On With Life is more than great - they're the best," Matt says. "They made me who I am today."