Paralyzed Teen Makayla Noble Cheerleading Again 6 Months After Accident

Makayla Noble, the 17-year-old who was paralyzed in a freak accident in September 2021, has returned to cheerleading six months after she suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

On Saturday, the mother of the Prosper, Texas, resident posted on the Facebook group Makayla's Fight that her daughter had a "very big announcement" to make.

She then revealed that Noble, who was left paralyzed from the chest down following her accident and is still unable to walk, had made the cheerleading team at Prosper High School.

"Makayla is a Prosper Varsity Cheerleader! She has been hiding this news all week of her trying out for her Senior Year!" the mother, Jenn Noble, said on Facebook.

"The week of tryouts didn't come without a rollercoaster of emotions for Makayla but she is excited to cheer again, something she thought she would never do again since her accident!" Jenn Noble said. "We don't think this would all be possible without the prayers and support from this community, so thank you again for always lifting Makayla up!"

The 17-year-old, previously a world champion cheerleader, documented her journey to becoming part of her school's cheer team again in a YouTube video blog.

In the video, Makayla Noble said it was "so much fun" to take part in the first public event as a Prosper High School cheerleader for the 2022/2023 season. The event in question was a "hope walk" to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

"I just want to say thank you for watching this video, it's definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions, as you saw," Noble said. "But I think the biggest part of it is that I worked through them and didn't give up and kept showing up every day and continue to persevere and fight. And that's what it's all about."

In the video, Noble, who requires the use of a wheelchair, talked about her struggles when it came to learning the routine for the cheer tryouts and adapting it for her disabilities.

"It's gonna take some time for my body to learn [the routine]," she said at one point in the video blog. "I know it in my brain already, basically. But I want to change it a little bit obviously because I can't do all the footwork and spinning and everything. So, I'm going to wake up tomorrow and work on it."

Noble said in the video that it had been difficult to deal with not being able to do actions that she would have been able to perform before her accident.

"I'm already being so hard on myself. My expectations for myself are so high because I have been able to do all this stuff for years," she said.

"It's adapting [the routine] to my new body. Can I do this? Absolutely. I'm going to go in a few hours and kill it. It's just finding the balance. Am I going to find that balance in an hour? No, but I'm going to go and do the best I can."

At one point in the video, Noble said she had even suffered a "mental breakdown" during her practice for the tryouts.

"I just really was struggling," she said. "I went from being so confident and strong and very assertive with my moves to now struggling just to get my arms up above this [level] and struggling to be strong with the motions and keep my breath going and everything. I was crying to my mom and my sister about it because it just really shakes your confidence.

"I went from one level, one version of myself to a completely different version. And right now I'm being compared to people who are at the other version of my level. And it's just frustrating because I know I can do it. In my brain, I'm still there but physically I'm not. And that sucks."

Noble said she still loves cheerleading and still wants to do it, but she now has to practice "10 times more" than other people.

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Makayla Noble, the Texas cheerleader who suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left her paraylzed from the chest down. Cedarbook Media