Patty: Celebrating Life and Love After Stroke
Patty (seated) at her vow renewal with wife Dawn (second from left) and her Spaulding care team.
For Patty, her Spaulding story began when a personal training session at the gym turned into a 911 call.
Patty was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined she had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke that affected her entire left side. She came to Spaulding Cape Cod for her complex, months-long rehabilitation. “My Spaulding team provided such amazing encouragement and personalized care,” says Patty. “They saved my life — and my mental health.”
Patty’s care team went above and beyond to treat her physical and emotional needs, holding extra therapy sessions on weekends and even bringing in hair gel to make Patty feel more like herself. She also benefitted from leading-edge equipment such as the ZeroG body-weight support system, which enables more advanced therapy without the risk of falling — helping Patty get her strength back safely.
Like many of our patients, Patty took comfort in the compassion and skill of the Spaulding care team — and in the resources available to her during her recovery.
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Patty marked the one-year anniversary of her stroke in an especially meaningful way — with a vow renewal ceremony on the beach with her partner of 27 years, who stood by Patty during the most challenging time in both their lives. Patty’s Spaulding Cape Cod care team joined them for the 0.7-mile walk to the beach, representing Patty’s rehabilitation progress.
“Spaulding has continued to be with me 100% throughout my recovery — from my inpatient stay, to outpatient therapy, to helping me participate in adaptive sports,” Patty says. She’s looking forward to volunteering as a peer visitor to coach other stroke patients, saying, “I will always be here for the Spaulding community, because they’ve been here for me.”
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