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Man Overcomes Spinal Cord Injury and Publishes Book

As a former firefighter and father of three, Steven P. Christians always had an active lifestyle. When he wasn’t fighting fires, Steven ventured outdoors, spending his free time fishing, hunting, or camping. However, Steven’s life took a drastic turn when doctors found a syrinx, a fluid-filled cyst, in his spinal cord. At age 35, Steven…
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Woman Recovers Quickly after Receiving Post Concussion Therapy

When Mary Herrema left for work on a Monday morning in February, she had no idea she would be visiting the emergency room later that day. “There must have been black ice because I did not see it,” Mary describes. “I don’t even remember slipping. I came down and I hit the back of my…
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Johnnie Tuitel Motivated by Mary Free Bed

 Johnnie Tuitel came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in March 2013. The celebrated West Michigan author, motivational speaker, and disability advocate with cerebral palsy was found barely conscious, having spent nearly 9 hours in freezing temperatures after falling from his wheelchair. Emotionally drained, with frostbitten fingertips and a mild brain injury, Johnnie found in Mary…
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Former Mary Free Bed SCI Patient Trains for 5/3 Riverbank Run – Part 3

In April 2000, David Briggs was in a motorcycle accident which resulted in a severed spine. David was introduced to many recreational therapy activities during his 3 1/2 month stay at Mary Free Bed, including handcycling – a sport he actively enjoys.This year, David will compete in the handcycling division of the 2013 River Bank…
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Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed

  During the groundbreaking ceremony, Susan Ford Bales announced the establishment of The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program honoring her mother and grandmother. The daughter of President Gerald and First Lady Betty Ford acknowledged her family ties to Mary Free Bed. Bales’ mother and grandmother were active supporters of the hospital. Betty Bloomer Ford…
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A Community Band Member gets a Second Chance through Recreational Therapy

Research shows that recreational therapy restores a sense of purpose and enjoyment to a patient. David Robrahn is no exception. On September 11, 2012, David clipped the back of a moving car with his motorcycle. After arriving at the hospital, doctors realized he sustained several serious injuries including, a broken right hand, a broken knee,…
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Former Mary Free Bed SCI Patient Trains for 5/3 Riverbank Run – Part One

In April 2000, David Briggs was in a motorcycle accident and suffered spinal cord injury. He was introduced to many recreational therapy activities during his 3 1/2 month stay in Spinal Cord Injury Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, including handcycling – a sport he actively enjoys. This year, David will compete in the…
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Woman Finds Relief from Fibromyalgia After Receiving Therapy at The Pain Center

  Brandi Czechowskyj, diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2008, suffered from overwhelming chronic pain and fatigue. “I wasn’t living,” Czechowskyj says. “I was just getting by. I was doing what I could to get through every minute of every day.” Even though her pain is not completely gone, Brandi is now able to enjoy her life….
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