What situation or injury led you to ORSI?
In September of 2015 I had a non-reconstructive mastectomy, a result of Stave IV Breast Cancer. I was referred to Renata through Dr. Madeline Gartner for rehab for range of motion after radiation.
How would you categorize your story?
Renata made a huge positive impact on my life. Not only did she help educate me on exercises that I could do but she and Therese helped me through Stage 0 lymphedema. She gave me contact information, support, understanding, and became a valuable member of my medical team.
Please share your experience.
Because it was over a year ago that I had my first appointment with Renata, I don’t remember all of the details, but I do know that I felt immediately comfortable with both Renata and Therese and knew that I was in the best possible of hands (literally). After radiation and my initial therapy for range of motion, I experienced a slight swelling in my right arm. I was aware of the possibility of lymphedema so I immediately made an appointment with Renata. Because of the team at OrthoRehab, my lymphedema did not spread beyond Stage 0. I wore a gauntlet and compression sleeve for a few weeks and was back to normal. Several months later, lymphedema reared its ugly head again, and I immediately went back to work with Renata and Terese. After a couple of months of treatment and a great deal of support, understanding, and caring, I once again no longer need to wear any compression garments.
What goals did OrthoRehab help you accomplish?
My range of motion is almost normal, beyond my expectations. I can dress normally without having to worry about whether something will fit over my compression sleeve. I have lost count of the people who I have sung Renata and Therese’s praises to. They are a remarkable team, and I miss seeing them on a regular basis.