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Gardening-as-therapy helps Betty bloom

Betty Wustman loves tending to the flowers at her Byron Center home … bountiful roses and hydrangeas, beautiful flowering baskets and beds, and a house full of African violets. “I love, love, love flowers,” said Betty, 74, who came to Mary Free Bed after being diagnosed with polymyositis, an uncommon condition that causes muscle weakness….
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Mary Free Bed Spine Center patient Ann Ward: ‘They truly gave me my life back’

Ann Ward has a posse of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild, and she doesn’t have time for pain. The retired Grattan Township paramedic suffered from near-disabling back pain and came to the Mary Free Bed Spine Center for treatment. In this video, Ann shares how Spine Center specialists helped identify the source of her pain…
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Andria finds hope, learns mindfulness with Weight Management Program

Andria Kiel joined the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program hoping to drop weight for good. Through participation in the program’s 20-week Foundation class followed by the year-round Stride program, Andria’s goals evolved into achieving lifelong health and wellness. She recently completed her first 5K. In this blog, Andria shares her experience: Why did you…
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Ben Geiger finds joy in strawberry farming after amputation

An avid outdoorsman, Ben Geiger spent a lot of his free time fishing and hunting, riding bikes and four-wheelers, camping and skiing. And now he’s added strawberry farming to the mix. “I’ve always loved being outside, doing new things, challenging myself,” Ben said. “I thought maybe by building this, by giving it life, it will…
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Harper excels after surgery to remove brain tumor with participation in intensive Pediatric Day Rehab program

Harper Gallagher hadn’t been feeling well. When her mom, Stephanie, asked the 2-year-old what was wrong, Harper touched the top of her head. The toddler wasn’t sleeping and was experiencing severe headaches. After several trips to her pediatrician’s office and medical tests, doctors discovered Harper had Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma, a rare brain tumor. “It was…
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Robert chooses Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after spinal cord injury

- A male patient wearing a red t-shirt and turtle brace walks with a walker. A young male physical therapist wearing black uniform walks beside him on his right.

Robert Hoag was talking with his son during a barbecue when he accidentally fell off the deck of his Crystal, Michigan home. He initially was diagnosed with a torn meniscus, but Robert later began to lose feeling from his waist down. He returned to the doctor and an MRI revealed a spinal cord injury. After…
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