Starting over — Soldotna woman makes progress after second trauma

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Mary Lou Bottorff with her daughter Nicole Harmon before Harmon's 2003 car accident.
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Nicole Harmon watches her grandmother Mary Lou Bottorff on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015 as the two talk to a reporter about Harmon's recovery following a 2003 car accident and seizure in 2011. Despite the challenges, Harmon has graduated high school and is working toward several recovery and life goals.
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Nicole Harmon grabs a journal she has been using to write a book about her life on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015 in her Soldotna, Alaska home.
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Nicole Harmon is handwriting a book about her life as she reflects on the traumatic events — first a 2003 car accident, then a 2011 stroke — that resulted in her partial paralyzation and traumatic brain injury.
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Nicole Harmon fiddled with a cross that belonged to her mother during an interview about her life following two traumatic events, one a car accident the other a sudden and catastrophic stroke.
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Nicole Harmon, of Kenai, is recovering after a 2003 car accident and 2011 stroke that left her physically disabled and with the lingering effects of a traumatic brain injury.
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Nicole Harmon's dog, Annie, has been a constant companion during the Kenai woman's recovery.
 

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