“I’m Thankful for a Second Chance.”

By Mia Barone One in 100,000. Those are the odds of being affected by Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nervous system, causing paralysis. The syndrome, GBS for short, is characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness. In my case, this meant that in two days, I went from being [Continue Reading]

Young Dad’s Hardest Job Ever: Coming Back from a Stroke

By Jade Waddy It was a typical evening at home for Keith Smith , who was getting his 8-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter ready for bed on a school night, when his life would change forever. On February 12, the 40-year-old father of two, had just finished playing tooth fairy for his son when he [Continue Reading]

Veteran Scuba Diver Regains Ability to Walk After “the Bends”

For Katie Sorrentino, her Mother’s Day scuba dive started off as normal as the hundreds of dives she had completed over the last 35 years. The veteran, licensed diver was on vacation with her family in the Bahamas when she experienced symptoms of decompression sickness or “the bends.” Decompression sickness occurs when there is a [Continue Reading]

Starting Kindergarten After Spina Bifida: Caroline’s Story

Five-year-old Caroline is a fearless, social butterfly according to her mother, Claudia Miller. “She’s extremely talkative and friendly with other kids,” said Miller, who credits some of Caroline’s outgoing nature to spending time around other children during her physical therapy sessions. Caroline was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spine and [Continue Reading]