Susie Hanson's life changed forever in three days. After seven surgeries, corrective surgeries, physical therapy, and prosthetic rehabilitation, Susie has learned that trials and tribulations can be the pathway to life and business transformation.
With assistance from several area agencies and family support, Susie and her husband Richard have found innovative ways to work around her disability. As a result, they will be celebrating the Grand Opening of Rockin' Rooster Winery from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at 80023 490th in Scotia, Nebraska.
In 2005, the Hanson's started this family owned venture with seven acres that featured an Orchard of Fruit Trees and gardens filled with unique berries along the North Loup River. Unfortunately, in July 2007, Susie became ill one Wednesday and within three days she suffered kidney stones; causing a urinary tract infection that resulted in a blood infection. This blood infection created blood clots in Hanson's extremities causing necrosis. As a result, Physicians amputated Hanson's left index finger tip, her complete right hand and wrist, and both legs below the knees.
"I believe that to survive and ultimately thrive, we have to make a conscientious decision to choose the blessings that life brings to us each day," noted co-owner Susie Hanson. "We were blessed to have strong family support and the support of Nebraska Agencies to help make our dream ultimately come true and permit me to be an active participant in all aspects of our winery through assistive technology."
"We are genuinely thankful for the help given by the Nebraska
Assistive Technology Partnership, Nebraska Self Employment Services, Easter
Seals, Agribility and Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation. Each agency played an
important role during different phases of our business startup," she added.
Rockin' Rooster Winery can be found by driving east from Scotia, Nebraska on Highway 22. Taking the first right on 490th Avenue, you then travel three miles. Look for the winery signs posted at 490th Avenue and the Rockin' Rooster entrance.
For additional information, contact Susie or Richard Hanson at 308-245-3222 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RockinRoosterWinery.