The professional mountain biker paralyzed in a racing crash in Colorado this summer is wrapping up her rehab at Craig Hospital and making big strides in her recovery every day.
Tara Llanes will soon be heading home to California. It has been 3 and 1/2 months since the accident that paralyzed her from the waist down.
Llanes is determined to get better.
“The first time my left leg moved in the water, I was almost speechless afterwards,” Llanes said. “I just couldn’t stop smiling. I knew I felt my muscle go in bed, but when you do it in the pool, you can see how much you can actually move.”
She knows there is still much work and rehabilitation to be done.
“Then in the same respect you get so excited about it, then you get out of the pool and you get in the chair and you’re wondering why the hell can’t you do the same thing,” Llanes said. “It hits you again as to what you aren’t capable of right now.”
She still remains resolved to walk again.
“It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop keeping my positive attitude and fighting to make these little guys walk every single day, because they’re going to, whether they want to or not, they’re going to.”
She also renewed her original promise to CBS4’s Greg Moody to ride again with him.
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