Last fall Ryan Zaugg's life changed in an instant when he was thrown from his motorcycle in a crash on September 12.
It happened at 7 a.m. on Hudson Road in Cedar Falls.
"I normally take that path because for motorcycles it's the more safe of any directions that I went out on. It was a route that had less traffic stops. 'Cause I just went down Hudson, got on 20 and came to work," Zaugg said.
The 35-year-old father of three had severe head and internal injuries when another driver didn't see him and knocked him off his bike.
Ryan, who served in Iraq as a National Guard captain never dreamed the toughest battle he would fight would be here at home.
"As far as I've come, I'm probably about a third of where I wanna be. I just wanna be back to where I was and that was being a healthy, active person, an army officer. It was just being able to stop at the drop of a hat and do something with my kids and now I can't really do that like I want to."
His wife Nancy has been by his side through extensive surgeries and months of physical therapy at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
"He had a broken pelvis. He had two broken wrists, a broken hand and he also had, they called it, a traumatic brain injury," she said.
Ryan, a motorcycle enthusiast for years, says his helmet and protective gear saved his life.
"I still wanna ride a motorcycle. I'm a 100 percent believer in helmets. Obviously they played a role in my recovery, actually me surviving the accident. But I wouldn't have ridden the motorcycle without a helmet in the first place," Ryan said.
"When they told me that he was going to be okay and most of the doctors told me it was because he had a helmet on that he was alive," Nancy said.