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Old 08-24-2015, 10:40 PM   #1
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Woman inspires others by #WalkingForWatt

A local woman who has suffered multiple strokes said J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans gave her inspiration in her recovery.

Nicole Alexander cleared a major hurdle in that recovery by accomplishing a goal she set.

"I've had 5 strokes, brain surgeries, and surgeries on my foot," said Nicole Alexander. "The doctor's didn't know if I would ever walk or talk again, but I did," she said.

Three months ago we saw Nicole take her first steps and she vowed to continue walking to meet her football hero, Watt.

"I love his foundation, and I love that he gives back to so many people. That's what I want to do. I want to use my story to inspire others," Alexander said.

After our story aired the hashtag #WalkingForWatt" gained lots of momentum on social media. Watt reached out to Nicole and the two meet at NRG stadium before Saturday's game against Denver.

"He helped me stand up, and then he hugged me. He signed my hat and t-shirt. This was such a big dream of mine," Alexander said.

Volunteers at her rehabilitation facility are encouraged by Alexander's progress, her energy, and passion for life.

"The first thing I noticed was her smile. She has a smile that is out of this world, and she is very energetic in spirit. When I saw her take her first steps, I was like 'wow,' I couldn't believe my eyes. Her fight is amazing," said Torri Lemon, who volunteers at the Legend Oaks Rehabilitation Facility.

Nicole calls herself an "advocate," at the rehab facility.

"I speak for others who can't speak for themselves. In future, I want use my story as a testimony to other stroke survivors. Never give up," said Nicole.

On Aug. 4, Alexander celebrated her 35th birthday.

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