Noelle Foley, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, posted a video on her YouTube account to talk about her concussion issues. Noelle says this is the third year since the start of those issues.
"The main point of this video is to tell you guys what exactly happened and where it exactly happened. I've never made this public before but on September 11, 2019 at approximately 1:15 pm, I got my concussion on the Mystery Mine coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN."
She said that the coaster goes down in a "forceful way" before going back up in an "even more forceful way" and "my whole body went forward and slammed back. So my head slammed back, my head hitting the headrest very hard. My neck whipped back...it was like a double whammy of hitting my head and injuring my neck. After that point, I don't remember much of the roller coaster except at the end it hung upside down for a few seconds, which probably made the situation worse."
Noelle said her head was throbbing and she felt like she was going to throw up after she got off the coaster. She said that during her recovery it feels like she takes 1 step forward and 17 steps back.
She continued, "That's what it's like to live with a brain injury and hyperacusis, which is a hearing disorder I got my concussion. Which means I'm extremely sensitive to sounds...it hurts my ears and it hurts my brain. That's the part that makes this whole life very hard to live with. It's just so hard for people to understand that sound can physically be painful. I never thought this was possible in my life but now it is my life. It dictates my life."
She added, "There's been times where I suffered worse for months after I was around sound. It's really strange to live with a condition that no doctors know what to do with you. Nobody knows what to do with you."
She talked about being in pain on a daily basis and "all of the things I once loved just causes me pain."
Noelle said that she's seen about 40 healthcare professionals and in large part, nothing has improved. She said that she also find out that she has cranial cervical instability, which means that her ligaments in her neck are loose from the damage from the roller coaster ride and she was told that she likely tore 10 ligaments in her neck at the time of the coaster incident.
"In the beginning of my injury, I did reach out to Dollywood and they got back to me and they said that they would help cover my medical bills. But after reaching out multiple times, I never heard anything back. I don't really know what happened on that end but its kind of frustrating to be told something and they disappear. And I reached back out to Dollywood earlier this year. Not over the money but to just tell them that they have to do something about the roller coaster because I've ridden probably over 100 roller coaster's and I've never had any type of issue like this, obviously. The structure of the roller coaster - something's wrong with it..."
She added, "I did get a letter back in the mail from Dollywood, but one, they didn't take responsibility. They said sorry to hear about your medical issues but they didn't say sorry this happened on our roller coaster so I was a little frustrated that they didn't take responsibility on that."
"The second part was that they said that they did their due diligence for the safety of its riders. But to me, that's not good enough. That's not good enough for me or the other people that are gonna be riding the ride..."
Noelle added, "I also really want Dolly herself to hear my story. I don't think Dollywood has cared that much. I know they're a company. But I think if Dolly heard what happened to me at her theme park, I think she would care. She seems like a nice caring lady and maybe she could do something to make this situation a little bit better. That would be really nice and helpful. I just want to get better so bad. I desperately want to live a normal life again..."
"I just used to be so happy and now I'm not. I just want my life to be happy. I just want to live a good life again," she said towards the end of the video.
She said that she doesn't have any goals or dreams because she's worried about getting better and relationships in her life have been negatively impacted because of her issues. She ended the video by saying that she hopes that Dollywood and Dolly Parton can do something to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.
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If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Noelle Foley with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.