Earlier this year, DisabilityInsight.com highlighted the story of Cory Weissman, a basketball player at Gettysburg College who suffered a stroke at the beginning of his college career. After the stroke, he beat the odds, after significant rehab, and made it back to the court for one emotional pair of free throws. He made the second of two free throws and ended his college career with one point. The story was picked up by media around the country. Cory has know made it a point to help other young people in his situation achieve more than themselves or their doctors believe they can achieve following a stroke.
Recently, eight-year-old, Will Penn suffered a brain hemorrhage and a stroke due to arteriovenous malformation (AVM). He spent two weeks in a coma and the last nine months in rehab. Due to his intense rehab, he is now able to walk again, albeit with a limp. Will has become friends with Cory Weissman, who has given will and his family motivation and advice in order for Will to recovery more functionality than his family was told would be possible. Cory himself was able to achieve more than he was initially told by doctors through rehab and a never-quit attitude. He has passed that along to the Penns, and the Penns have contended that their son pays more attention because Cory is a young person.
Many people with disabilities have the ability to help those who later end up living with a disability. The experiences of rehab, adaptive devices, everyday life and social situations, to name a few, are all often different and new to someone who has just sustained a disability. Passing on the experiences one has gained through years of living with a disability or as a family member of someone with a disability can greatly improve the life of someone with a new disability. DisabilityInsight.com urges its readers to use their own life experiences to give knowledge and advice to other people in similar situations.
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