Meet Kathy: From Stroke to Strength
Kathy with her nurse assistant (CNA) Rolando.
After Kathy Reynolds suffered a debilitating stroke while readying a family rental home in Nantucket, Massachusetts, she didn’t think she’d ever walk again. She turned to Spaulding for world-class treatment and support, and started working with a talented team of caregivers—including her physical therapist, Caitlin, and occupational therapist, Jeff, with whom she developed a special bond. Together, with strength and determination, they navigated Kathy’s first post-stroke steps—and she cried with relief and hope.
“I received incredible care from Spaulding nursing staff and therapists,” says Kathy. “They focused on teaching and giving me a strong base from which to work, which has helped me progress to where I am today.”
Kathy during recent driving practice.
Kathy with her daughter on Nantucket.
Now back at home in New Jersey, Kathy takes daily walks, continues to work hard at PT and OT, and enjoys weekly yoga classes. She recently drove for the first time in more than two years and is preparing for an upcoming driving test, which she calls, “a big victory.” She’s also back on her beloved Nantucket, swimming in the ocean again for the first time since 2019.
Kathy stays in touch with Caitlin and Jeff, and she was excited to return to Spaulding a year later to show them her progress at her reevaluation. “It was an emotional day for me,” says Kathy, “but wonderful to be back.”
Kathy recently made her own gift to Spaulding in honor of Caitlin, Jeff, and the rest of her care team. “I recommend Spaulding to many people and tell them what an incredible place it is!” she says.
Kathy (center) with her therapists Jeff and Caitlin.