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The Car Wreck that Changed Everything

Nancy Mummert

When she was only 19 years old, Nancy Mummert lost her child, her ability to walk, and the ability to have children. Giving up, however, was not an option for her.

The list of repercussions from the car wreck that changed everything was long and also included overall muscle weakness, poor balance and poor range of motion. Her parents worried about her falling, so she would practice walking short distances when her mom was shopping or her dad was sleeping. Soon enough, Nancy’s distances increased, and she finally was able to walk on her own again.

One year after being told that she’d never walk or have children again, Nancy gave birth to a son, Patrick, and two years later to a daughter, Paula. 

Although Nancy has overcome many hardships in the past, now at age 69 she still struggles with ongoing health issues. Today she suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hyperlipidemia, and side effects following a stroke. 

Despite these challenges, Nancy continues to battle for her independence. She utilizes several CICOA services to help her remain in her home and community, including attendant care services, home-delivered meals, and a personal emergency response system.

“I could not survive without CICOA and their help,” Nancy said.

Nancy received similar services from an Area Agency on Aging in Greencastle before moving to Shelbyville four years ago.  That’s when she learned about CICOA. 

When Nancy reflects on getting older, she advises, “Don’t do it.” However, she said the companionship offered by her home health aides helps her continue feeling young. She’s still able to find joy in drinking a cup of coffee each morning, watching the Game Show Network or American Ninja Warrior on television, and in spending time with her family. 

Although Nancy was forced at a young age to adapt to physical and mental challenges, she refused to let her problems stop her from living her best life possible. She’s grateful for the services provided through CICOA, which allow her to remain in her own home and maintain her independence.