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Old 05-08-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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Stroke victim walking for J.J. Watt, Texans

They may look like small steps, but Nicole Alexander has made huge strides in her recovery from multiple strokes as she stands up and walks away from her wheelchair.

In 2010 at the age of 30, Alexander suffered the first of five strokes that left her incapacitated. Doctors told her she likely would never walk or talk again.

"I was hospitalized and I couldn't talk," she says. "I had to fight my way to talk."

Nicole's strokes were caused by moyamoya syndrome -- a disease that constricts certain arteries in the brain. She's been motivated to recover for a number of reasons -- mainly by her faith, but also by a guy named J.J. Watt.

"Some of the first words that's she's been saying since she's been able to talk now is 'Texans' and 'J.J. Watt.," Alexander's friend Torri Lemon said.

Nicole -- who's had to battle through brain surgery and intense rehabilitation -- loves the way Watt has battled for the Texans. But she also admires the impact No. 99 has made on the community. One of her biggest goals is to be able to walk into NRG Stadium one day to see the Texans play and meet her favorite player -- who she has a message for.

"When I am able to walk, I want to come down on the field and hug you," says Alexander, speaking to Watt. "Sweat and all," she adds with a laugh.?

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