Jenny isn’t your typical rehab patient. She isn’t recovering from a recent accident. She didn’t just have surgery and looking to regain her strength… Jenny had a spinal cord injury 21 years ago and has come farther in two years than two decades, thanks to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan's (RIM) Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery.
"When I had my accident, there weren’t programs focusing on recovery," says Jenny. "I got out of the hospital and just jumped right back into life – college, a career, got married, started a family. After a series of health issues started making daily activities hard, I knew it was time to start taking care of myself so I could continue doing the things I love - spend time with my husband and 7 year old, travel, ski, cycle and cook."
A mainstream gym wasn’t an option, so she researched the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery at RIM and decided it was a great fit.
"When I first started, I was hunched over, no strength at all. Now I am so strong. My core is strong. I’m even walking with braces. That’s a long way from not even being able to move from my chair to the bed."
Jenny says this is the first post-injury rehabilitation program she’s been involved with where she feels the therapists and doctors really know how to deal with spinal cord injuries.
"It’s just fabulous at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. They look at each patient individually and decide what’s best – it’s not cookie cutter."
Jenny says she’ll continue to rehab and try new things because she’s always up for a challenge.