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Patient Stories: Stacy Rosevear
Stacy Rosevear is a young woman who writes eloquently and has a dry sense of humor. She is also a former patient at the University of Washington Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation unit.
At 27, an age when most people are building their careers and relationships, Stacy Rosevear found herself unable to do anything but blink. A tube helped her eat and a ventilator helped her breathe. Following a massive stroke, Stacy found herself completely paralyzed and frightened of what her future might be.
When asked about her rehabilitation experiences, Stacy remembers, "My body was no longer mine. Many people helped me function. And while this was an amazing gift in many ways, it remained a constant adjustment - to allow people to help, to ask for help, to admit to myself that I needed their help."
Stacy’s days were filled with challenges that exhausted her, and left her feeling even less in control. "Rehabilitation is what I imagine running a marathon is like," Stacy comments. "The mental battle to get across the finish line remains the true work."
Key to helping Stacy get through her grueling schedule was the coordination provided by the UWMC Rehabilitation Medicine Department. The various members of her rehabilitation team provided each other with up-to-date progress reports, and the weekly meetings Stacy had with her rehab team helped her feel confident and involved in her progress.
Committed to excelling, Stacy left the Inpatient Rehabilitation unit early. Her team continued to help her adjust to her new life by developing occupational and recreational therapies that completed her transition back into the world. Recreation therapy included attending football and soccer games or heading out to the swimming pool.
Stacy has successfully completed her rehabilitation journey with the help of her University of Washington rehabilitation team. Their dedication to treating the whole person has helped Stacy cross her personal marathon’s finish line into an independent and fulfilling life.
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