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Brandon says disability scholarship from Mary Free Bed Guild offers ‘opportunity to be independent’

Brandon Buxton wasn’t sure what his future held. Complications related to a long-term health condition caused significant pain that warranted hospitalization and threatened his independence. But rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed helped to restore his freedom and the opportunity to continue his college education, something he thought “was inconceivable” just a few months ago. Brandon…


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Rehabilitation, hard work help Dario overcome debilitating pain

In 2015, Dario Cook was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that affects the spine and can lead to severe, chronic pain. That was nearly eight years after he first experienced symptoms, collapsing in pain while walking to work. He initially was diagnosed with a hip strain, but the pain never really went…


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Kalamazoo bus driver who lost leg in crash ‘grateful to still be here’

La Shon Diallo was working overtime at her long-time job as a Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus driver to earn extra money for a new roof on her home. She remembers the traffic light turning green. Then she remembers waking up in the hospital. La Shon, 47, was seriously injured when a suspected drunken driver traveling…


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East Michigan resident chooses Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after double amputation

UPDATE: Since Ken graduated from the inpatient Amputee Program, he’s returned to Mary Free Bed for outpatient therapy. His rehabilitation includes recreational therapy, which caters to each patient’s interests to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being, and to get them back to doing what they love. In Ken’s case, that’s being outside. Rachel Morse,…


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Lower Back Pain: FREE Community Education Series

Please join us for the Mary Free Bed’s free community education series. What a Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Lower Back Pain Lower back pain is the most common type of disabling discomfort. It’s also the costliest chronic condition in the United States. Dr. Christopher Morelli, medical director of the Mary Free Bed Spine…


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Lindsay Jensen makes ‘incredible’ progress after spinal cord injury: ‘I want to get better for my daughter’

Lindsay Jensen’s daughter was just four months old when Lindsay was involved in a January 2015 car accident that left her with a severe spinal cord injury requiring weeks of hospitalization and months of rehabilitation. In September, Kenleigh will turn 2, and Lindsay will be home to celebrate with her. Little Kenleigh is Lindsay’s biggest…


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Rec Therapy Team ‘blessed’ to be part of wedding

When Jenny Porter and Corey Maillette celebrate their wedding in November on an old farm near the White Mountains in Fryeburg, Maine, they’ll also celebrate their first anniversary. That’s because Jenny and Corey were married Nov. 27 in a ceremony quickly planned by the Recreational Therapy staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital so that…


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Effective therapies for patients with spinal cord injury

A customized therapy plan is crucial for patients who have sustained a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury. The Spinal Cord Injury Team at Mary Free Bed collaborates to determine the most appropriate rehabilitation methods to promote motor recovery after a spinal cord injury. Mary Free Bed therapist Kristina Simpson, PT, MSPT, recently authored an article, “Promoting Motor…


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Jerrensia & Jen make national splash with message of inclusion

Guest blog by Jen Kroll, whose daughter Jerrensia has sought outpatient therapy at Mary Free Bed. This fall, Jen wrote a Facebook post about Target’s Halloween advertisement that included a little girl with leg braces and arm crutches. The post went viral and drew attention from Mashable, Upworthy and other publications. This is a follow-up…


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