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Nicole Sell: Person of the Week

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My Positively Milwaukee Person of the Week goes to a 16 year old who stunned us in a press conference this evening. It is incredible that Nicole Sell is still alive. She was shot in the head after a drive-by shooting May 3rd in the Town of Addison. Sell was an innocent victim asleep in the back of a car, when someone fired at the vehicle. She was riding with two friends. It's the kind of story that makes you want to cry. A 16 year old shot because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We do not know the motive. Some speculate road rage. Whatever, it's a sad story. But after today, we saw a poignant and positive side. This teenager spoke eloquently about what she's been through. It was riveting to listen to her describe the trauma of the gunshot wound and thank her friends, family, and Children's Hospital. Sell has a long road to recovery and tells us she no longer takes simple tasks for granted. Another surgery is not far away. But the fact that Nicole survived the shooting, with most of her facilities in tact is amazing. And witnessing this beautiful young girl take off the helmet and display her shattered skull and stitches was heartbreaking. But her courage to go public and share her story, her pain, her determination, gave us all a feeling of hope. And seeing the grace and poise of Nicole Sell taught me a life lesson. Miracles really do happen.

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