Eric - Newton, MA
My name is Eric and I’m from Newton, MA. I am a brain injury survivor as a result of a car crash in 1988. The accident happened when I was 23 years old. It was the result of drivers under the influence of alcohol. One of my friends had been drinking and was the driver and I was a passenger. For the last 23 years, I’ve been involved in multiple surgeries and have received Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy to help me walk, talk and do my daily routine.
In July 2011, I was hospitalized due to an obstruction and was very weak and needed therapy to improve my daily functioning. I started going to therapy at Community Rehab Care for OT, PT, and Speech. CRC has helped me to improve my balance, walking, endurance, memory, manage my bills and have a productive routine. I currently still receive OT and PT to help with my walking and daily functioning. I also am volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Newton, a few days a week and I go to the gym almost every day. Thanks to the staff at CRC, I am improved in all areas if I do say so myself!
Martha - Mother of son Receiving Case Management services
There are people in this world who know their chosen profession inside and out. Anyone who has a loved one that has a TBI or ABI should always have a case manager that knows his or her profession inside and out, like we have. Our CRC case manager has been with my son for several years; she knows him-really knows him- as well as I do. We have experienced many frustrations with my son, people who just don’t get it, people who say, “he seems fine to me.” Some of those people are just professionals who, despite my protestation, would continue a plan of care that would overwhelm my son and frustrate him, thus further angering him, setting him up to fail. Although these others meant well, they would not listen until the day they sat down with our CRC case manager. They too were grateful for her expertise and guidance. She carefully has laid out a plan of care that is ongoing and has evolved through time. This plan takes into consideration all of his needs and the best way to achieve the goals that have been set.
“I can honestly state that there is no other person that understands my son’s disabilities as well as she does.”
The qualities you need (for a case manager) are all inside of her. She carries herself professionally, listens intently, and responds thoughtfully and wisely. My son is treated with respect, kindness and patience; as am I. I can honestly state that there is no other person that understands my son’s disabilities as well as she does. There are no words to express how grateful I am to have her at our side. She has made a huge impact on our lives; in other words, she has been a “God send”.
Thank you CRC for this opportunity to say these words and for all the wonderful works you do.
Dennis - Wilmington, MA
I am a forty-two year old Vocational High School Teacher and I have been married to my wife for nine years. We have three-year-old twins. I worked as an Auto Body Technician for almost 25 years before deciding to try teaching, I started in January 2010 at Lynn Tech and the next summer I got a job at my Alma Mater, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, and began teaching there in September of 2010. I was so excited to be there and giving back to the school that has given me so much. I was there for two months when I suffered my stroke.
It was Saturday, October 30th, 2010, just two days after the second birthday of my twins. During the normal bedtime routine, teeth brushing lessons and giving them five more minutes of Disney, I just sat down and everything just stopped. It seemed as though I was looking through a fish bowl. Without the ability to speak, move or react as one of my children asked to sit on my lap, I felt something was wrong but also losing self-awareness and drifting. When my wife tried several times to get my attention she noticed the telltale sign of a stroke. The drooped face and drooling prompted her to call 911. They responded within four minutes and rushed me to the hospital. They were able to identify and treat the clot, all we had to do was wait and see what damage had been done. At this point, I couldn’t tell the doctors my own name, I couldn’t say my kids’ names, could not read, using nonsense words, and comprehension was nonexistent. Coupled with weakness on my right side, it was devastating.
“The staff at CRC never let me lose sight of what was important, getting my life back!”
Over the next week, the doctors found the cause, a major birth defect in my heart. The doctors were shocked that this was not a fatal event, and that I had not had any prior issues before in life. On November 25, 2010, I had open-heart surgery, which successfully corrected the defect. Now I had to get better. Where should I go? My MRI showed sizable brain damage on my left side, the language area, and I was suffering from potential profound Aphasia. I received speech therapy as an inpatient at rehab, and at home after open-heart surgery. When I was fit for travel we had to decide where I would go for outpatient treatment.
CRC was highly recommended. Starting in January with speech, occupational and physical therapy - I never looked back. Five days a week there and hard work at home on the weekends; I started noticing advances in the word choices and comprehension. Some tasks seemed trivial, but I never said no. It was not easy, there were times when I was frustrated and angry. The staff at CRC never let me lose sight of what was important, getting my life back! We had monthly family meetings and after a few months they asked me what I wanted out of my recovery, I said I want to teach again. My treatment was tailored to my goal. The next thing I knew I was standing in front of a group presenting my own prepared lesson plans. The next family meeting we set my next goal, returning to work, and on May 21st, 2011, I started teaching full time! My life is mine to live, thanks to an incredible wife, doctors, and the fantastic therapists at CRC.