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Teenager Documents Journey with Cerabral Palsy Part 3

We are excited to welcome Katharine as our first Mary Free Bed Guest Blogger. She came to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation following a complicated surgery to correct her gait. Kat is blogging about this experience, and she is allowing us to share her thoughts with you.

My new home.

Today was a big day for me. I had to get up to go to the doctor’s office and get my cast taken off. Wow. I was shocked to see my foot for the first time in six weeks! It looked atrophied and gross, but it was straight! My surgeon did a great job of fixing my foot.

After X-rays and a walking boot, it was off to (yup, you guessed it!) Mary Free Bed. I was immediately greeted by a bunch of staff members, and made to feel right at home. I got lucky and was given a private room. It’s really nice. I met my occupational therapists, who are very nice. I’m excited to work with them. They got to know me and my mom, and evaluated me right away. Turns out I’m in better shape than I thought I was!

Then it was dinnertime, and oh my goodness is their food delicious! My brother would be jealous, because their chicken tenders are so good!

From then on, I have been relaxing. This probably won’t happen too often.

I will keep everyone posted with updates to my recovery.

Hugs and kisses,


So far so good!


So I have been at Mary Free Bed for four days now, and wow, what an awesome experience so far. I started walking on the first day of therapy! Of course I am still using a walker or an arm crutch and the railing, but I am walking nonetheless. The staff is amazing. They make me feel like not just another patient.

My days are filled with therapy. I do get breaks though. Today was particularly painful, because I used a brace instead of a walking boot for the first time. My brace has leopard print plastic with black straps. Snazzy, huh?

Though I am thankful for having the resources to help me, it’s not a typical summer. That’s a tough part of this experience. Another toughie is the fact that I have lost most muscle tone, and still want to go to school looking great. I’ll have to work hard. And I am.

I’ll keep you all posted on achievements and interesting tidbits!



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