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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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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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Brooklyn raises money for Mary Free Bed to honor her grandma

Brooklyn Hammer is just 8 years old, but she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. “She’s going to either U of M, MSU or GVSU to become a physical therapist,” said her mother, Sarah. While that may seem like a lofty goal for a second-grader, Brooklyn’s familiar with the field….
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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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Golf a pain in your back? A poor backswing might be the culprit

Guest blog: Robyn Smith is a board-certified sports physical therapist in Mary Free Bed’s Sports Rehabilitation Program. She facilitates Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) physical assessments to help elite and amateur golfers avoid injury while advancing to the next level of play. For questions or more information regarding golf physical assessments, email robyn.smith@maryfreebed.com. In this blog, Robyn offers…
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Spring clean your nutrition

Spring cleaning isn’t just for decluttering your closets and clearing out the garage. Spring is a great time to evaluate your weekly meal plan and add a variety of healthy foods. It’s good to change up your weekly meal routine. We get in a rut when the same foods appear on our plates week after…
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With new prosthesis and encouragement from her Mary Free Bed team, Dottie Kuklewski ‘just keeps going’

Dottie Kuklewski developed an infection that forced doctors to amputate her leg. She went to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation and spent several weeks in the inpatient Amputee Program. Since then, Dottie used a wheelchair exclusively for mobility, hesitant to try a prosthesis. About two years later, Dottie needed a new shrinker for her residual limb….
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Former patient Anthony White overcomes odds to earn PTA degree

Anthony White was catching a nap during the 18-hour trek back to college in Wyoming from his home in Michigan when his friend fell asleep at the wheel. The car careened off the road, striking a group of trees. His friend was OK, but Anthony sustained life-threatening injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. “My parents…
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