After sustaining a series of hits to her head during the previous week's training, Heidi Taggart asked her
ice hockey coach to be excused from goaltending during a game in
February 2010 when she began
experiencing "flu-like" symptoms. He told her to "suck it up" and take the ice. During pre-game warm-ups, a teammate's stick hit Heidi in the head during the follow-through from a wrist shot. She immediately began experiencing concussion symptoms
(headache, disorientation, drowsiness), but the injury was not
initially thought to be too serious. It was anything but. As her mom,
Dorothy Bedford, now recalls, the road Heidi travelled from that Friday
night on the way to recovery from post-concussion syndrome would be marked by a long series of "unmarked detours" taking fourteen months and requiring treatment from more than 10 different medical specialists.