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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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Humor and Laughter Help Stroke Survivor Succeed in Rehabilitation

A sense of humor can be priceless when it comes to rehabilitation. Research shows laughter can reduce pain and ease recovery.  And humor is exactly what Ann Mitchell needed to get her life back after suffering a stroke. As an English literature teacher at East Grand High School, Ann, now retired, was known for her…


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Woman determined to beat stroke trades wheelchair for cane

Every Wednesday morning, she’d pick up her grandkids, take them to school and stick around for the day as a volunteer at her granddaughter’s school. For Valentine’s Day, she organized crafts to entertain the students and give the teachers a break. She didn’t get to see the finished products on Valentine’s Day, though. Instead, she…


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Faith and rehabilitation help stroke patient make recovery

When John Boone awoke the morning of February 23, the day seemed ordinary enough. He was on a business trip in Jackson, Mich., and the only strange thing about his morning was he couldn’t lift his left leg over the hotel shower’s threshold. He ignored his uncooperative leg and went to work. His day went…


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Former Mary Free Bed Patient Returns as Volunteer

What occurred the night of Christmas 1990 was the last thing Al Bober anticipated. Instead of relaxing at his father’s Chicago home with his family, Al collapsed by a gas pump with a leaking brain aneurysm and immense head pain. “It was like somebody hit me with a sledgehammer,” Al said. He laid in the…


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Couple Stays Positive Through Life-Changing Events

It has been a rough journey for Hernan and Susan Murillo since moving to Grand Rapids in fall 2010. But their bright smiles and positive attitude would make you think otherwise. Shorty after their arrival to Michigan, Susan suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke. She was paralyzed for two weeks…


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‘Good enough’ isn’t good enough for master pistol shooter

By Molly Cartwright After Larry Mennetti survived a hemorrhagic stroke, he was eager to get better, in spite of the hard work and determination required to get there. When he came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the entire right side of his body was unresponsive. He couldn’t sit up, walk or speak clearly. He…


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