Once at the SCI Center, Mirlaine met with Sophia, her physical therapist, Elysee, her social worker, and the other members of her care team. Together, they helped show Mirlaine that her disability would not have to limit her dreams. Each day, she regained strength and control in her limbs through her physical therapy sessions. Mirlaine learned how to use a wheelchair, which she loves—”I can roll wherever and do whatever I want with it,” she told us. She received psychosocial support to help her process her complex feelings about her injury, and how it had upended her life. She saw from other patients at the center how much her life could improve by diligently doing her exercises and working hard during therapy. And slowly but surely, Mirlaine relearned how to put on her shoes and walk again.
Now, Mirlaine is preparing to go home. She’s excited to hold her daughter and thrilled she will be able to hold her hand and walk beside her again. “It is thanks to SBH that I have regained the ability to help myself and to move freely,” she told us. “Everyone at the SCI center was really welcoming. Because of the rehabilitation program and therapy, I am able to help myself. I can move my neck, my feet—I can even take off my shoes! Even now I’m standing up and walking. Thank you!”