Melissa Gilbert first won her way into America's hearts when she played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the popular NBC series Little House on the Prairie, based on Wilder's beloved Little House book series. The show ended after nine years, and Gilbert continued her acting career by appearing primarily in television films.
Gilbert also participated in the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2012, and ended up finishing in fifth place. But she had to overcome a major challenge to achieve that recognition.
During the fourth week of the show, Gilbert fell and hit her head on the leg of her professional dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, resulting in a mild concussion. She was taken to the hospital and then went home to recover, but she returned to the show and continued to compete for four more weeks before she was eliminated.
More recently, Gilbert was preparing to run for a congressional seat in Michigan. She announced her campaign in August 2015, and eventually became the presumptive democratic nominee in her distract. However, in a recent statement, Gilbert announced she is dropping out of the race, citing health issues as the reason.
USA Today reports Gilbert never made a full recovery from head and neck injuries she sustained in 2012. She opened up further to People about her injuries, saying she has two herniated discs in her spine as a result of her fall on Dancing with the Stars and an accident that occurred a few months later when a balcony collapsed and fell on her head.
Gilbert revealed that after talking to her doctors, they advised her to end her campaign for the sake of her health."My doctors said there's no way for me to continue to deal with the incredibly rigorous demands of a congressional campaign without continuing to do harm to my body," she said.
Although Gilbert won't be able to continue her current campaign, she said she would still like to pursue a political career once she gets to feeling better.
It must have been hard for Gilbert to make the decision to end her campaign, but we hope she's now able to get the care she needs in order to feel better soon. We're sending our prayers for a quick and complete recovery.
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