In honor of National Physical Therapy month we decided it was a great opportunity to showcase our personalities and offer you a little entertainment in the process. Be sure to vote for your favorite video. The winning clinic gets nothing more than bragging rights, but around here, that’s worth quite a bit.
In September of 2015 Ricky Draft was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and scarred over time, making it so your lungs can’t properly move oxygen into your bloodstream. As a result, your brain and other organs don’t get the oxygen they need. There is no cure for this disease and life expectancy is typically 3 to 5 years, unless you can get transplant.
While this news was devastating, Ricky, along with Marcia, his wife of 49 years, weren’t about to give up. Seven months later his health took a turn for the worse and Ricky was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and after only 10 days, he got the news he was waiting for – he was about to receive a double lung transplant.
Ricky started physical therapy at Henry Ford shortly after his surgery and once he returned home, nearly a year after his initial diagnosis, he began receiving his therapy treatments with Terri at our Coopersville clinic. At the time, his arms and legs were very weak and he used a walker, not only for strength, but to help his balance. Basic household chores and light physical activity were difficult. With the constant love and support from many family members, friends, and his team of healthcare professionals, Ricky started the long road to recovery. It was around this time that Ricky’s sister-in-law Melinda challenged him to walk the Irish Jig 5k alongside her, six months later. Melinda had previously donated a kidney to someone in need and she thought it would be fun to walk together as an donor and a recipient.
Terri and our team got to work helping Ricky improve his balance, and strengthen his lungs, legs and arms. When he started, he could only walk about 100 feet with his walker before stopping to rest but over the course of the next six months he made amazing strides and could eventually walk up to three miles without assistance. That distance made the 5k seem like a real possibility.
“The Lord has put some amazing people in my life and one is Terri at Northern PT. She pushed me at all levels and I am now a much stronger man and can really enjoy life.” Ricky Draft, Northern PT client
When it was time for the big race Ricky walked, along with his PT Terri and Alex, who helped him reach various fitness goals along the way. Ricky’s sister-in-law Melinda was also there along with many friends and family members. In the end Ricky’s hard work paid off when he completed the 5k and crossed that finish line!
“My job is rewarding every single day because of clients like Ricky. Each person has their own personal, physical issues and I enjoy helping to resolve those issues through physical therapy. Every client means so much to me, so I want to create a lifelong relationship. When they need a PT I want to be that comforting, dependable resource.” Terri Jeurink, Northern PT Therapist
In an effort to spread health and good will in 2016, the Coopersville Chamber is hosting a Community Business & Health expo on Saturday, March 19 at the Coopersville Community Building (182 East) from 9am-1pm. Health and wellness options in the Coopersville community will be highlighted as the theme of this year’s event is “Feeling Groovy”. We love sharing our knowledge of health and good will so we are a premier sponsor of the event!
We’ve got all kinds of fun things planned for our booth so you’ll definitely want to stop by. We’ll be showcasing our fitness classes including Run Fit, HIIT, and SeniorFit; we’ll have a wellness booth where we’ll do blood pressure checks, answer questions, and show you ways to lead a healthier lifestyle. Plus, we’ll have some great giveaways, including a chance to win a personal training 3 pack and a 30 minute massage!
In addition to the expo, CAPS will be hosting their book fair in the South Elementary. This is a great chance for the entire family to get out and learn about some of the opportunities and businesses our community has to offer. We’ll see you at the Expo!