Fall 2023 | Oct 19, 2023
After Comfort Nwaoha experienced a stroke, she came to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital unable to walk, move her dominant hand, or speak clearly. She underwent multiple rounds of inpatient and outpatient therapy to rebuild her strength and address the risk of falling once she was home.
Comfort recalls when her therapist used a device to send electrical pulses and stimulate the weak muscles in her hand. Shortly afterward, her fingers started to move! “From there, everything turned around,” says Comfort. “Spaulding gave me the stepping stones in my recovery.”
As Comfort progressed, she started looking for ways to give back. She now volunteers weekly at Spaulding in Boston, supporting our spiritual care team, speaking with patients as a peer visitor, and attending stroke survivor meetings. Each of these services played a role in Comfort’s rehabilitation journey, and she feels compelled to pass along that gift.
“I didn’t know about strokes before I had mine,” says Comfort. “When I saw others in their recovery, I started to believe I’d recover too. My joy became full when I was able to give back.”
Spaulding patients are compelled to help others — by raising awareness, by raising funds, by participating in research, and by showing up for fellow patients going through similar situations. It is this community that makes Spaulding strong.
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