We can all use a little help to find our strength sometimes.
Adam Pierce of East Falmouth rebuilt his strength at Spaulding Cape Cod, with help from his care team and volunteers. The emergency department nurse and father of two was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle to work two years ago. His lower left leg instantly shattered, and ultimately required amputation.
During his rehabilitation at Spaulding, Adam was asked if he would like to see a peer visitor (a Spaulding volunteer who has a similar condition and can speak to the experience personally). He said yes.
“It gave me a new perspective,” Adam says. “He told me how he goes surfing, works, plays golf. It was eye-opening to hear everything he was doing. I knew then that my goal would be to get back to the exact same activities I did before the accident.”
At Spaulding, we help our patients and families find their physical strength—and also their emotional strength and confidence. It’s an important facet of rehabilitation and recovery, especially in light of COVID-19. And the generous support of donors helps us continue to keep our patients like Adam safe and supported through this challenging time.
Adam is back at work as a nurse on the frontlines of the pandemic. He was nervous at first, but determined to get back to helping others. “My care team was truly amazing,” Adam says. “From the very start, they wanted to know my goals and help me reach them.”
Adam now volunteers as a peer visitor himself, participating in Spaulding Cape Cod’s Limb Loss Support Group to help others and to keep learning, too. His best advice: “Take it one day at a time. Set a goal and work toward it—and once you achieve it, set another. If you have a setback, learn from it and keep moving forward. Just keep moving forward.”
It’s a message we can all take to heart.
Imagine the Possibilities
At a time when scientific advancements can help make the impossible possible, an investment in rehabilitation medicine has never been more necessary—or more promising.
Your gift to Spaulding can make a real difference...starting now.