The Story of Mary Ann Sheridan-Woods

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On October 21st of 2015 I suffered a stroke. I was transferred from Miriam Hospital to the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital  of Rhode Island Rehabilitation Unit. At this point I was both angry for what had happened to me and scared for what would happen to me.

I was totally paralyzed on my left side which included my leg, arm and mouth. It was not a pretty picture. I preferred to not look at myself in the mirror. My left arm and hand ...

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My Path to a Life Less Traveled

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I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both.
–Forrest Gump

Last year, as I watched my IVIG medicine slowly drip, drip, drip into my body, I had a thought: “I wonder how many millions of events had to occur – exactly as they did – to bring me and my wife, Angela, together?”

The love of my life had just left the infusion ...

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A broken body isn’t a broken person

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Janine Shepherd, rendered a partial paraplegic in cycling accident, is now able to walk; she is also a pilot and aerobatics instructor, as well as a motivational speaker and author.

A champion cross-country skier in training for the winter Olympics, Janine’s life changed forever when she was hit by a truck during a bicycle ride in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Doctors did not expect her to survive and, when she did, they warned her that she would never walk again.

Janine ...

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The Story of Gary Witman, MD

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On August 31st, I sustained a traumatic C3-C7 injury to my spinal cord. I was chest deep in the waters off Narragansett beach when, facing the shoreline was hit by a wave from behind. Despite a one month survival rate of approximately 25%, I survived. Facing extensive medical care and rehabilation that extended over many months and the long road that followed, my life had changed forever and this is part of my story.

 

Tom Pepper, videographer.

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Life Story: Before and After

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I lost every member of my immediate family – my grandmother, father, mother, husband, and my best friend who was also my college roommate. For my entire life, I was constantly on the move, heading toward the brightest future imaginable.

I received a world class education, met and married the man of my dreams – Mr.Darcy and Rhett Butler all rolled into one! – I created new businesses, and danced the night away in cities all over the world. I ...

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Even the Bad Days Are Good Days

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As background, I am a person who has been driven to achieve as long as I can remember.  Even after retiring for the second time from a full-time job at Harvard University in 2013, I had been working night and day, 24/7, teaching, freelance writing, and promoting my ideas about space exploration.

When you don’t have a full-time job, you don’t know where your next dollar is coming from, so you tend to take every piece of ...

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Story of Congressman Jim Langevin

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For a teenager, I had a surprisingly clear vision for how my life would play out. The year was 1980, and I was a 16-year-old cadet in a Police Explorers program for young people interested in careers in law enforcement. I had big plans. I wanted to become a police officer in my hometown, and maybe someday, go on to the FBI Academy and become an FBI agent.

That boyhood dream would never be realized.

As I got ready ...

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The Story of Rev. Mike Jinji Sunya Wood

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I am grateful for the opportunity to submit my thoughts in support of those struggling with chronic illness. I wish to tell my story, here as well as in other venues, because often people, especially men, find it difficult to speak of illness, much less an illness so erratic and “invisible” as mine. Also, frankly most who suffer from chronic illnesses are often too tired to tell their story. They’ve told it countless times to friends, family, co-workers and medical ...

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