From a walker to cane, to walking, and now running on a treadmill: Darlene (R) and her BalanceWear therapist Nathalie Grondin, PT (L).
Darlene shares her story of the past 6 months since developing a right posterior inferior cerebellar artery embolism in March 2017 with a subsequent bleed in June 2017.
As a runner for 40 years Darlene reports, “I grabbed all my strength from my legs to remain upright as I was barely walking with a rollator. I relied on my arms to balance as I had significant incoordination in my legs.
My primary therapist had seen me for 16 visits when she referred me to Nathalie Grondin, PT for a BalanceWear assessment at the beginning of August. I had found it nearly impossible to walk until that day. In the past month I went from a walker to cane, to walking, and now running on a treadmill. Yesterday I ran 3.7 MPH for 10 minutes. Afterward I continued to walk without holding on the treadmill. This is a first for me.”
I wear my BalanceWear vest from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. If I don’t wear my vest I have sense of imbalance within 30 minutes. BalanceWear gives me a sense of stability, it grounds me. It is amazing that the most weight I wore was one and a quarter pounds. I am down to just two 1/8 pounds currently.”
“Thank God I ran into Nathalie because she introduced me to BalanceWear. She is making a difference in my walking. I wouldn’t be where I am without her.”