This is the story of a young woman who refused to let an acquired brain injury destroy her.
It's the silent, unspoken killer amongst us, striking from nowhere, changing everything in a single heartbeat.
The rugby tackle that was too high. A joyride gone awry. An accident on the farm. Simply running out of luck.
Acquired brain injury is the leading killer of people under 45 years in Australia. Right now 730,000 Australians are living with brain injury, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Yet the condition remains chronically underfunded when it comes to research and medical advances.
It is a profoundly misunderstood, difficult and silent crisis that leaves victims and their loved ones feeling utterly helpless, totally disempowered and angry with the system that is meant to support them.
Beyond the figures, there are people and stories. Lives that will never be the same again. People who stand up and fight, who are adamant about proving the system wrong, and giving hope to those that come behind them.
Quita Docking is one of those fighters. Hers is a life that was irreversibly changed on September 8, 2002.
At 19 years of age, Quita was a wild, invincible and fearless jillaroo who worked long, arduous hours on a cattle station near Timber Creek in the Northern Territory. An avid horse rider, she liked to party as hard as she worked...