At 13, Michelle developed encephalitis and meningitis from a mosquito bite and spent three months in the hospital, two of those in a coma. “When I woke up I had no use of my legs, was deaf in both ears and so sensitive to light I was basically blind. I had no memory of my life prior to waking,” Michelle describes. Her parents took her to the barn in hopes of stimulating her to interact and remember. “I clearly remember being wheeled down the aisle; most of the horses put their heads out of their stalls. I remembered my horse, Schedule A, something I shouldn’t have. He reached his head over me and we sat that way for what seemed like forever. The one bond in the world I remembered was not a person, parent or sibling–it was a horse.”