Brooklyn Rouse: ‘tough recovery, but it’s been very worth it.’

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  It’s been nearly a year since one Macon woman was shot while making a pizza delivery.

Brooklyn Rouse, 22, endured a life-changing experience this year. After being shot, Rouse had to go through surgeries.

“When you wake up from all that, then it’s kind of like, ‘um so what now?,'” said Rouse.

The last thing Rouse remembers from the night of December 26th it the moments leading up to the shooting, then waking up in January. She was shot in the head, injuring the left side of her brain.

“To have all of that rewired in a split second, it’s traumatizing,” said Rouse. “It’s hard to get over.”

After extensive surgery, the next step, was starting over.

“I’ve always had difficulty just actually thinking about how I had to re-learn how to do all of this stuff,” said Rouse.

Rouse suffered major nerve damage. She had to learn how to do the simplest tasks again. She went from hospital to hospital and attended multiple therapies. Learning to walk again and even talk. Some days were tougher than others, but Brooklyn kept pushing.

“I was just ready to get better,” said Rouse. “For me it was, I don’t want to sit here and not be able to do anything just because I couldn’t put my mind to it. So it was just something where you had to dig deep inside of yourself.”

Even though there’s still ways to go, she’s thankful for the progress she’s made.

“Looking back from when I could barely even lift my wrist off of my lap,” said Rouse. “I would say it’s just been a very tough recovery, but it’s been very worth it.”

Brooklyn was in college studying business before the shooting, but because of therapy 3 times a week and trying to recover, she’s put that on pause.

However, now she says she wants to be an advocate for brain injury. She wants to share her experience, bring awareness and make a difference.

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