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Cousins encourage each other during recovery from strokes

Cousins who were stroke patients, graduate Mary Free Bed

Ruben Sauceda and his cousin Heriberto (Joe) are both in their early 60s and have spent much of their lives together in the Holland area. “Joe and I grew up together. We went to school together. We did a lot of things together,” said Ruben. “Then, we had strokes together.” Ruben was at his job…


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Hailey recovering from spinal cord injury in skiing accident with determination

Dr. Ho with Hailey Naugle during spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Hailey Naugle is a vibrant young woman who dreams of a career caring for others. An unfortunate accident gave the 19-year-old University of Michigan student a new perspective about what that means. “This experience will help her tremendously,” said Dr. Sam Ho, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. “Because when you go…


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Bikes for the Rest of Us matches participants with adaptive bikes

Bikes for the Rest of Us - April 2021

More than 70 adults and children with disabilities have been introduced to adaptive bicycling, thanks to the Mary Free Bed Guild. Pre-registered families were paired with therapists matched their physical need with the most appropriate bicycle. Airway Oxygen, West Michigan Bike and Fitness, AMBUCS and Creative Mobility provided the biking equipment. Every rider also was…


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Try these tips for meal planning on a budget

Roasted Verde Veggie Enchiladas

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. From panic-buying groceries amid pandemic fears to ordering takeout to support local restaurants, our budgets have felt the brunt. It’s time for a refresher on budget-friendly meal-planning success. If the following five tips feel like an overwhelming amount of “to-do’s,” then pick…


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Hit by car, Bek makes amazing progress after traumatic brain injury

Bek Caudle rehabilitation brain injury Vandy

Rehabilitation is a vital part of recovery after a brain injury. Research shows people with brain injuries experience better outcomes the sooner rehabilitation begins. Rebekah Caudle’s journey is testament to that. Bek and her boyfriend were involved in a New Year’s Day crash on a highway north of Ann Arbor. When she got out of…


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Playground supports therapy disguised as play for children of all abilities

New Therapy Playground for Children

When Mary’s Therapy Playground was created in 2018, the outdoor space provided a fun, healing space for our youngest patients to grow. Three years later, the playground has grown, too! The growth occurred as part of Mary Free Bed’s decision to build its own kitchen to better serve the nutritional needs of patients. Construction of…


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Rachel reunites with family after COVID-19 fight

Rachel after returning home after COVID-19

Freeland resident Rachel Lijewski was diagnosed with COVID-19 in October. When her symptoms became severe, Rachel was admitted to Mary Free Bed at Covenant HealthCare, where she spent nearly a month on a ventilator. Her husband, Zac, nine-year-old stepdaughter, Paytin, and 10-month-old daughter, Taylor, motivated Rachel to work toward recovery. With the help of her…


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