No More ‘I Can’t!

I was born with a rare brain disorder called Schizencephaly, which left me with a mild form of palsy on my left side, and I was in and out of casts and braces for my left leg most of my life. Nine years ago, I took a bad fall, which damaged nerves in my left leg, causing it to be paralyzed. Doctors told me that there was nothing they could do for me. I have been a patient at Independence for three years now. I was originally referred there by my foot doctor for a cam walker for my “good leg.” I walked into the office, and John happened to see me walking a bit like Frankenstein and asked, “Can I ask you why you are walking like that if it’s not too personal?” I went on to tell him the story of my drop lock brace, and he looked at me with a grin on his face like he usually has when he has an idea, and said to me, “What would you say if I told you that I could possibly get you walking normally again without anyone noticing that big clunky thing?” I said, “Sure, why not? I have nothing to lose!” Little did I know that John and the whole team at Independence where the answer to a prayer that I had been praying for six years!

My experience at Independence has been great. The process was explained to me in detail from start to finish, and I always knew that if I had questions, I would get a straight answer. I’ve always left my appointments feeling like I had had input to the process and was comfortable with the treatment plan and next steps.

John and all the employees always have a smile on their faces and they truly care about the patient. No problem is ever too big or too small for them to handle. Their warmth and compassion towards their clients is endless. They never see a patient for his or her “disability,” but rather for his or her “ability.” They understand where each individual patient has been and where he or she wants to be. Independence P&O sees each client as a whole person not just a body part.

I have definitely rediscovered my potential with Independence P&O. They have me doing things that, nine years ago, I would have told you that I couldn’t. They gave me nine years of my life back and have given me the hope to realize that there is no end to my potential. Without Independence P&O, I would be in a wheelchair telling everyone including myself, “I can’t.” Words can never express how grateful I am to everyone that works there and what they have given to me!

                                                                                                                                        Buffy R.

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