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Humor and Laughter Help Stroke Survivor Succeed in Rehabilitation

A sense of humor can be priceless when it comes to rehabilitation. Research shows laughter can reduce pain and ease recovery.  And humor is exactly what Ann Mitchell needed to get her life back after suffering a stroke. As an English literature teacher at East Grand High School, Ann, now retired, was known for her…
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Support Group Helps Survivors and Family Members Adjust To Life After Stroke

Joseph Tabor’s stroke left him with memory problems, depression and anxiety. At the Mary Free Bed Stroke Support Group, he met others he could relate to. Group members helped him learn the causes of post-stroke anxiety and depression and how to deal with them effectively.

Woman Recovers From Stroke at Mary Free Bed and Plans For a Bright Future

On October 17, 2012, Mary Louise Cole unexpectedly suffered a subdural hematoma – collection of blood on the surface of the brain resulting in a stroke. This caused a series of events that kept her in the hospital for almost a month. Mary believes her journey to recovery began while receiving therapy in the stroke…
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Woman determined to beat stroke trades wheelchair for cane

Every Wednesday morning, she’d pick up her grandkids, take them to school and stick around for the day as a volunteer at her granddaughter’s school. For Valentine’s Day, she organized crafts to entertain the students and give the teachers a break. She didn’t get to see the finished products on Valentine’s Day, though. Instead, she…
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Faith and rehabilitation help stroke patient make recovery

When John Boone awoke the morning of February 23, the day seemed ordinary enough. He was on a business trip in Jackson, Mich., and the only strange thing about his morning was he couldn’t lift his left leg over the hotel shower’s threshold. He ignored his uncooperative leg and went to work. His day went…
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Former Mary Free Bed Patient Returns as Volunteer

What occurred the night of Christmas 1990 was the last thing Al Bober anticipated. Instead of relaxing at his father’s Chicago home with his family, Al collapsed by a gas pump with a leaking brain aneurysm and immense head pain. “It was like somebody hit me with a sledgehammer,” Al said. He laid in the…
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‘Good enough’ isn’t good enough for master pistol shooter

By Molly Cartwright After Larry Mennetti survived a hemorrhagic stroke, he was eager to get better, in spite of the hard work and determination required to get there. When he came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the entire right side of his body was unresponsive. He couldn’t sit up, walk or speak clearly. He…
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The Right Motivation

by Amanda Larsen Even a motivational speaker can get discouraged. Julie Scheving was very discouraged after a massive stroke that caused her to lose half of her speaking ability and the use of the right side of her body. After her initial recovery, Julie quickly found herself as an inpatient at Mary Free Bed’s Stroke…
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Stroke survivor experiences faithful care

Father William Zink, the priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marne, Mich., is in the business of caring for others. That changed on December 21, 2010, when Father Zink had a stroke. In a moment, the caregiver became the patient. After three days at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Father Zink was transferred to Mary Free…
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Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Support Group is here to help

Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Support Group provides a forum for stroke survivors and family members to meet and learn about adjusting to the changes a stroke brings to your life and your family’s lives. If you’ve never been to a meeting and are wondering what the members of the group are like, here’s your chance…
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