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]

From Stroke Survivor to Avid Runner: Mary’s Story

“What do I need to do to get better?” was the recurring question Mary Gilder asked her doctors and therapists after a stroke in the summer of 2017 left her unable to walk or remember her name. Gilder’s determination, faith and courage propelled her through her journey toward healing. The Day of Her Stroke In [Continue Reading]

Building a Stronger Body at Any Age

A little less than three years ago, Jean Hoepfel broke her arm after taking a hard fall during a jog. This isn’t something that someone in her late 60s wanted to be dealing with, but some physical therapy at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute quickly helped Hoepfel get back on the right track. While [Continue Reading]

From Brain Injury to Graduations, Sid Fights to Be There for His Family

For Navy veteran Sid Lord, being active was always a part of his life. The former airline pilot would use layovers to run triathlons and marathons across the world. “I’ve always been active whether it was running, biking or just moving with my kids,” said Lord, 53. In early 2018, Lord was biking in his [Continue Reading]

My Daughter’s Life Changed in the Blink of an Eye After Being Shot and Left to Die

By Jessica Hogland My 19-year-old daughter, Jamie Richards Hogland, was shot in the face on the night of Dec. 10, 2017, and left to die in her apartment. After four long hours, she was eventually found by a neighbor. Jamie was airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where we were informed that [Continue Reading]