Learning to walk again and recover independence has taken heart and soul for Jessica (“Jesse”) Hubert. Jesse was embracing life as a single parent of a three year old son, “Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a walking school man”, when she fractured her spine at levels T10/11/12 while weightlifting on July 31, 2013.
A young professional, Jesse credits her experience at Project Walk in Carlsbad, CA for giving her the ability to see a path toward recovery. That, she says, “lifted my spirits and hopes tremendously”. Having regained much of her sitting balance and core strength, Jesse is constantly progressing and can now take steps with a walker, can balance standing on her own for about 2 seconds, and has seen some improvement with assisted squats. The Walking With Anthony Foundation in Beverly Hills, CA is giving her the opportunity to continue recovery at Next Steps Chicago which is much closer to home.
After meeting other courageous people with spinal cord injuries, Jesse recognized that access (or lack thereof) to recovery programs is universal. She wants the world to know that she is an example of the possibilities when someone with SCI experiences recovery. “I am grateful that the Walking with Anthony Foundation refuses to accept the notion that people suffering a spinal cord injury should be forgotten and has chosen to give me and others like me an accessible path for recovery.”