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Sam Nordstrom

A New Perspective

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Admit: 08/17/17

Discharge: 11/10/17

Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation

Admit: 01/03/18

Discharge: 3/29/18

Sam (right) with friend, Julia, at law school graduation

Determined to overcome, Sam Nordstrom wouldn't let a brain tumor get in her way of finishing law school. Surgery to remove the benign tumor left her confused with virtually no feeling on the left side of her body. The doctors were able to relieve the pressure on her brain, but she was still unable to walk or move her left side. 

Set on finishing her final year and graduating with her class at Drake University, Sam wanted the best possible rehabilitation. "I had heard great things about On With Life and knew that it was where I wanted to be," she says. "I couldn't wait to get there." 

For Sam, it was important to keep with her active lifestyle during rehabilitation, so she coordinated a talent show for persons served and a food drive for the Animal Rescue League. She was also able to continue with her law degree by finishing up coursework and taking a licensing test while at On With Life. Her therapists and nursing team were there
supporting her every step of the way.

"One of the nursing assistants drove me to campus at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday to take my licensing exam," Sam says. "I passed, which was a pretty big deal!" 

Sam graduated from law school with high honors in May. She walked with her class at commencement just ten months after her brain injury, and she credits On With Life for getting her to where she is today. 

"Just about one year ago I didn't know what my future would look like, but today I have a career to work towards that I'm really excited about," she says. "Things are really coming full circle."