Location, Parker, CO
In 2007, Nic was traveling on business in San Francisco. We aren’t entirely sure what happened, but we believe that he had a heart attack in the airport and fell, hitting his head on the marble floor.
Nic was in a coma for nearly five months, followed by six months of inpatient rehabilitation at Craig Hospital and a year of outpatient therapy.
From the beginning, we said that we were the luckiest people in the world to be in the unluckiest situation. It was our family and friends, and the Craig staff, who gave us the strength to go on. They wouldn’t take “we can’t do that” as an answer.
The doctors in San Francisco told us that we probably wouldn’t see Nic smile again due to the injury to his frontal lobe. Today he’s more animated and talkative than we could have expected. He works out in the PEAK Center three days a week, and we still travel and spend time with our family. Our grandkids love playing with Grandpa NicNic. Our roles have changed, and our life in retirement looks different than we thought it would, but our life together is sweet.
With the help of family and friends, we decided to set up the Nic Classick TBI Patient Assistance Fund with the Craig Hospital Foundation as a way for us to personally give back. This fund allows Craig’s clinical care managers to meet the financial needs of TBI patients and their families. We have been fortunate to have a positive outcome and are glad that we are able to help in this way.
As Nic says, it feels good to be able to help and to feel like we are part of the recovery process for other folks like us.