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New Issue of Spinal Column Dedicated to the People Who Play a Vital Role in Their Loved Ones' Lives After Injury -- Caregivers

The winter 2022 issue of Shepherd Center's quarterly magazine is now available for download as a PDF file here. Subscribers to the print version should receive copies via postal mail in the coming days.

In this issue, four caregivers of former Shepherd Center patients share their experiences, wisdom, challenges and triumphs. You'll meet Christine Trotman, a mom who navigated life after her daughter's neuromyelitis optica diagnosis. Brian Kelly shares how he relied on his Shepherd Center training and his children's optimism to become the caregiver his wife needed. For Amy Shaw, learning to limit the “bad days” with her son after he sustained a spinal cord injury was the key to finding their new normal post-injury. Finally, Vicki Figiel explains how friends, family and a good dose of humor help her care for her wife who experienced a stroke in October 2020.

The magazine also features these stories among other patient profiles, staff highlights, honorariums and memorials:

Occupational Therapist Explains How She Prepares Patients and Families to Return Home Jeanice Sumwalt, OTR/L, is an inpatient occupational therapist in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Shepherd Center.

Prescription for a Second Chance After Will Rich sustained a traumatic brain injury, he wasn’t sure if he could return to work as a pharmacist. With help from his family and Shepherd Center, he achieved his goal.

Offering Peace of Mind and a Place to Stay Shepherd Center’s Delores Ann and Goodloe Yancey Family Housing Program is a donor funded program that provides families of newly injured patients who qualify 30 days of complimentary housing.

Providing a Lifeline For years, Jessica Rodriguez fought to get her husband help. Finally, they found Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative – and help for them both. 

You can subscribe to the print and/or e-newsletter versions of Shepherd Center's magazine here.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.