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Matt adopts ‘whatever it takes’ approach to rehabilitation following stroke

Update: Five months after graduating from Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Program, Matt Rorabaugh continues to make great strides in his recovery from a massive stroke. “I feel great, so fortunate,” Matt said. Building on his efforts in Mary Free Bed’s inpatient program, Matt’s continued with physical, occupational and speech-language therapies near his Morley home two-three…


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UPDATE: Lauren, 21, recovers from stroke with help from Mary Free Bed

Updated October 22, 2019 Lauren Ziegler achieved her goal of running a half-marathon on October 20. She finished the half-marathon at the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon five minutes faster than she had planned. She also plans to continue running and run in more races in the future. Updated April 9, 2019 Lauren Ziegler is…


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High-intensity gait training fuels stroke survivor’s recovery

Nick Snyder came to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation following a stroke that caused significant weakness on the left side of his body. Unable to stand without assistance, the 56-year-old Sheridan resident participated in high-intensity gait training to help him regain strength and endurance. When he graduated five weeks later, Nick was walking. High-intensity gait…


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Education Series: Hope After Stroke

Hope After Stroke About 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Those that do occur are treatable. Dr. Benjamin Bruinsma, director of Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Program, will share tips and tools for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation from this potentially life-changing event. This is a don’t-miss presentation for anyone at risk of stroke, stroke survivors and…


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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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Advances in foot drop rehabilitation benefit wide range of patients

There have been tremendous strides in foot drop rehabilitation in the last few decades, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital therapists have stayed in step with all the latest developments. “Foot drop” is the term commonly used to describe a difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot while walking. Foot drop can mean an…


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Man Focuses on Stroke Recovery at Mary Free Bed

  Marty Jansons story begins when his wife, Inese, found him lying unconscious at the bottom of the basement stairs. She called 911 right away. Doctors concluded that Marty had experienced a stroke due to high blood pressure. There was a bleed in the thalamus of his brain. Fortunately, it didn’t kill any blood cells….


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Woman Recovers From Stroke at Mary Free Bed and Plans For a Bright Future

On October 17, 2012, Mary Louise Cole unexpectedly suffered a subdural hematoma – collection of blood on the surface of the brain resulting in a stroke. This caused a series of events that kept her in the hospital for almost a month. Mary believes her journey to recovery began while receiving therapy in the stroke…


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