ENGLEWOOD - Nothing sounds more appealing to Amy Van Dyken Rouen than a 100-pound dog snuggled next to her snoring. She's missed that during her two-month stay at Craig Hospital in Englewood.
Van Dyken Rouen is going home after a spending her days in rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury she suffered in an ATV accident. Throughout her stay, she has been active on Twitter, sharing many positive and funny thoughts. However, she says it has been difficult.
"There's been a lot of tears shed, for sure," she said. "This is not easy, and I don't want to portray the fact that because I have a smile on my face that it really is easy."
Van Dyken Rouen is eager to use her profile to push for a cure for spinal cord injuries. It is the unknown that she says haunts so many people.
"We need research. We need a cure. Will I ever walk? I don't know," she remarked.
She remains eternally grateful to her therapists, her doctors and her family. Her husband, Tom Rouen, and her mom have been at Craig with her every day. However, it is the fellow patients she's met that have inspired her the most.
"I've made lifelong friends, and they've changed the way I think about the world," she said."These are the strongest people I know."