One moment, one conversation, one diagnosis. This is all it takes to change your life forever. However, how you react to that is what makes the true impact.
No one -- not even his neurologist -- could explain to Michael why he had been suffering from a steady loss of mobility. Within a month's time, Michael went from functioning normally to needing the assistance of a cane and then a wheelchair. Not happy with the rapid change in his situation and lack of answers, Michael saw another neurologist. This new neurologist diagnosed him with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS is a rare neurological disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks their nervous system. This results in tingling, numbness, reflex loss and muscle weakness.
After a brief stay at the medical center to receive a plasma paresis treatment, Michael knew he needed to come to SKY Rehab for his rehabilitation. Having been a former outpatient, Michael was aware of the level of care he could expect. “My experiences here were fabulous, A+, everybody was great!” he recalled. Michael went on to explain, “When I came to SKY, I wanted to be here! I wanted to work every day and I tried to be positive and give hope to other patients that I could see were struggling.”
“The therapy I receive here is awesome and I value every second that I’m here," Michael added. "There are certain people at SKY that will bring you to the next level. Everybody has done their little thing that has made an impact on me.”
Michael also recognized that you don't recover from a physical condition such as his on your own. Everyone needs a solid support system around them and strength in their faith. “I used to wonder years ago, when I was healthy and didn’t have any of these problems, if my faith would ever be tested," Michael reflected. "And not to say that I want God to give me anything more than I already have, but through this, I feel it has made me stronger! My faith and my family have carried me through this and it’s made me a different person! I’ve been humbled by my experience and have a new perspective.”
Living each day to the fullest, making himself healthier and remaining positive will equip Michael to conquer any obstacle he faces. The next hurdle for Michael to overcome will be to become active on the kidney transplant list. It is our hope that he will complete that part of his journey quickly, and we look forward to witnessing all that he will achieve.Posted By