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Finding her place

In January, Jan Levering took her kids sledding after working two 12-hour shifts as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse. Exhausted, she decided to take one run down the sledding hill before sleeping in the car. Halfway down the hill, the sled turned 90 degrees and launched Jan 3 feet in the air. She…
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Orthopedic patient, Beth, finds therapy gym “phenomenal”

Beth, a zookeeper at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, came to Mary Free Bed’s Orthopedic Program for rehab after double knee replacement surgery. Needing to regain her strength so she can return to work, Beth finds herself surprised by what Mary Free Bed’s facilities have to offer. Have you been to Mary Free Bed’s therapy…
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Ways you can help a patient’s family during rehab

by Kate Snider Marilyn Zinger’s 13-year-old son, Travis, was rushed to the hospital after surviving a car accident on a snowy December day in 1993. Travis doesn’t remember much from the accident because he suffered a traumatic brain injury, spent 3 weeks in a coma, and suffers from short-term memory loss. Marilyn, and the rest…
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Mary Free Bed patient just 24 when she had stroke, now healthy at 32

by Holly Grissom, stroke survivor I was a patient at Mary Free Bed in May 2002 after having brain surgery from a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that ruptured in my brain stem on April 19, 2002. I was 24 years old. I had actually just had my birthday 2 weeks prior. All of a sudden, I…
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Mary Free Bed ALS patient’s husband receives Caregiver of the Year Award

It was Mary Free Bed’s privilege to provide treatment for Sally Langerak, an ALS patient who recently died from the disease. But it was Sally’s husband, Steve, who had the truest honor of caring for his wife of 40 years until the very end. As reported in a recent article on www.MLive.com, Steve welcomed the…
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Stroke survivor: “You never think it can happen to people my age”

Sarah Rapaport, just 5 days shy of her 30 birthday, suffered a life-altering stroke. While she’s made a remarkable recovery, Sarah had to re-learn how to do many everyday tasks. Her rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed included physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as driver rehabilitation. Today, Sarah finds encouragement and community through Mary…
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