Teagan and Carrie Rouse were newlyweds and busy planning their life together when their world was turned upside down. In 2011, Teagan fell more than 60 feet in a work-related accident and sustained massive injuries. He was admitted to On With Life's Disorders of Consciousness (coma) program and spent four months in a coma, unable to walk, talk, eat or drink.
"The doctors didn't give us much hope, so I was unsure of how Teagan's recovery would go," said Carrie.
But with the help of On With Life, the Rouses slowly began rebuilding their life. Teagan spent 18 months at On With Life, relearning daily functions like how to eat and brush his teeth. Carrie quit her job and moved to Ankeny to participate in each therapy session with him, even doing extra therapy with him at night and on the weekends.
"The focus at On With Life is to help persons served and their family get on with their lives, and that is exactly what they did for us," said Carrie. "There is no doubt in my mind that Teagan is where he is today because of his time at On With Life. The experience, passion and dedication the staff show to each person is nothing short of amazing."
Teagan and Carrie have been busy building a life together that they love, which included renewing their wedding vows on the beaches of Jamaica on their fifth wedding anniversary in 2012.
"Simply put, life is good," said Carrie. "We travel, enjoy eating out, bike together and spend time with friends and family. We have so much to be thankful for and so many good years to look forward to."