Name: Bella Marette

Instagram Handle/Username: bellamarette6

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: My name is Bella and I am 16 years old. I play lacrosse, run cross country, and do Nordic skiing. In 7th grade I got a traumatic brain injury from hockey and tore all the ligaments in my neck and was almost paralyzed. I was out of school for 3 months and in a neck brace for 4 months. I lost a lot of my balance and couldn’t walk for a while. Last year in 9th grade I started having seizures and the doctors said it was from my TBI. I was in and out of the hospital for a while and ended up having to redo a class in the summer because I couldn’t keep up. But despite that I keep on doing everything I do and educate people on the importance of protecting your head.

What Inspires You Every day? : My friends, family, and coaches continue to inspire me and push me on a daily basis. They encourage me to push myself and keep on doing what I’m good at. 

What is some words of wisdom you live by?:Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.
-Barack Obama

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to go to college for either nursing and work at a hospital with special needs kids or go to to college for political science because I am very engaged in politics.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : This pandemic has had a lot of effects on me. Both of my parents are in healthcare so they are constantly being exposed. But back in March when healthcare workers were getting less PPE then they are now my dad got exposed and tested positive. He was completely asymptomatic but then I got it from him and was one of the first kids in Minnesota to get it. I had it really bad and ended up being hospitalized. I had really bad GI symptoms and it made my seizures really bad. It is scary that we don’t know the long term effects from having COVID but that is why it is so important that you wear your mask and social distance. 

What is a positive message you would like to give others? : You’ve got this and stay strong through this pandemic. We will get through this soon. Just keep wearing your masks! 

What questions would you like to ask others?:How have you been getting through this pandemic?

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