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]

Ali Vise

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]

Ali Vise

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]

Ali Vise

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]

Ali Vise

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]

Ali Vise

The Dreaded Knee Injury More Likely to Sideline Female Athletes

Niya Mitchell, 21, knew immediately that something had gone wrong with her left knee when she came down from a rebound during a Texas Southern University basketball game in November 2017. This was not the first time Mitchell had torn her ACL, so she had a good idea of what was happening. Mitchell is now [Continue Reading]

Ali Vise