New Podcast Explores the Experience of Caregivers During Rehabilitation
Christine Trotman joins Picking Our Brain with Shepherd Center.
Christine Trotman’s daughter Eliana first began experiencing symptoms of neuromyelitis optica in December 2020. As her daughter began treatment at Shepherd Center's Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute, Christine found herself on the journey of becoming a caretaker as her daughter began to navigate the rehabilitation process.
In a new episode of Picking Our Brain with Shepherd Center, Christine Trotman joins us to share about her experience as she and her daughter learned to navigate a new diagnosis, rehabilitation and accessibility.
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Christine also offers her own advice to other caregivers who may be on a similar journey.
“You have to take advantages of the resources and the tools that they give to you. That is your time to learn,” Christine says. “You have to be as all in as you can possibly be. You have to be as hands on as you can possibly be, because not only is it good for you, but it communicates to the person, your loved one, that you’re in it with them.”
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.