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Julie Morris

A Motivated Mom

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Admission: November 9, 2015
Discharge: December 3, 2015

Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation
Admission: January 7, 2016
Discharge: April 5, 2016

At age 34, Julie Morris is a mother of three, teacher and stroke survivor. Just ten days after the birth of her third daughter, Willow, Julie suffered a stroke. She had no warning signs; she woke up and her left arm was limp.

Further testing revealed three brain bleeds, and the doctors were unsure if she would regain full use of her left side.

"The doctors don't really know why I had the stroke," Julie said. "It's kind of like getting struck by lightning - it was just a freak chance." 

Julie turned to On With Life for both inpatient and outpatient neuro rehabilitation after her stroke. Her treatment was about more than relearning how to use her arm - it was about returning to her life as a mom and teacher.

"It was so hard to hold Willow and feed her. I really couldn't do it," she said. "On With Life staff did a tremendous job incorporating my daily living needs into each of my therapy sessions, most of which focused on how I was going to care for my newborn and family." 

"Finding what is meaningful to each person served facilitates the highest level of participation and the best outcomes. Julie's treatments were frequently designed to specifically target the tasks she would need to be able to complete in order to care for her daughters," said Jillian Jones, physical therapist at On With Life. "The motivation she had to return to being a mother was incredible and propelled her throughout her rehabilitation stay to reach some truly amazing outcomes."

Julie says she's grateful that On With Life helped her return to the life she wants to live - braiding her three daughters' hair, kayaking and returning to work as a second grade teacher.

"It took a lot of hard work, determination and support from my family, friends and medical and rehabilitation staff, but I am so proud of myself and forever grateful," said Julie. "You have to live each day like it's your last, because you never know what tomorrow holds for you."