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, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.