For their 20th wedding anniversary, Emily and David McDaniel of Indianola celebrated with a wonderful steak dinner. Never mind that the dinner was served on paper plates and on the fifth floor at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. It was the best anniversary celebration ever.

David describes Emily as an incredible wife and mother, a strong woman with a deep and abiding Christian faith; funny, outgoing, adventurous, a woman who knows who she is and knows what’s important. Emily loves cooking, gardening and the outdoors.


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At age 6, Brenda Thames saw firsthand the healing power of physical therapy.

Her disabled little brother learned to walk with the help of physical therapists, and Thames never forgot their kindness and concern.

“I think it’s why I do have compassion,” says Thames, a physical therapist for Methodist Specialty Care Center (MSCC) in Flowood. “I try to treat people like I would want my family treated.”


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center will offer a free introduction to handcycling from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at North Mississippi Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo.

One of several adaptive sports available at Methodist Rehab, handcycling is basically biking without the legwork, says Ginny Boydston, director of therapeutic recreation for the Jackson hospital.

“Riders sit in chair-style seats and pedal with their hands,” she explained. “It’s a great activity for wheelchair users who want to get some exercise and explore the outdoors.”


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When a spinal cord injury left Nicole Marquez of Madison with limited hand function, her mother Susan began helping the 26-year-old get dressed each day.

A year later, Nicole is more than ready to button, zip and primp all by her herself. “I love my mom, but we don’t have the same vision as far as make-up,” Nicole said. “I’m so stubborn I want to do things by myself.”


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Grandmothers are a special part of families. They often provide families with their values and traditions. They offer unique glimpses into family history as a living link between the past and present. Those who have or had the opportunity to spend time with their grandmothers can remember many life lessons that are only taught through a grandmother’s love.


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During more than 25 years in rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Leon Grigoryev has seen treatment advances transform the lives of people with painful and disabling conditions.

But he still begins his search for solutions with an old-school strategy: He lends a discerning ear to each patient’s history of complaints.

“I pay attention to all the different aspects of pain – the physical, the psychological and the social,” Dr. Grigoryev says. “It’s important to figure out which factor is the prominent one.”


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Susan Hermes, Ph.D. has joined the Neuropsychology Department at Methodist Rehabilitation Center as a Rehabilitation Psychologist. Dr. Hermes recently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She earned her doctorate in psychology at Harvard University and her bachelor of arts in psychology from Yale University. She provides inpatient and outpatient counseling/psychotherapy services to MRC patients with primarily spinal cord, orthopedic and traumatic brain injuries.


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center recently presented a framed plaque to trustees of Epworth United Methodist Church. The plaque, which will be on display near Methodist Rehab’s chapel, honors the church for a $55,000 gift to the hospital.

The gift was a loving, closing chapter to Epworth’s 55 year ministry on McDowell Road in south Jackson. The church building is now the south campus of Anderson United Methodist Church.


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center will offer a free introduction to handcycling from noon to 3:30 p.m. July 31 at Bingo World in Grenada.

One of several adaptive sports available at Methodist Rehab, handcycling is basically biking without the legwork, says Ginny Boydston, director of therapeutic recreation for the Jackson hospital.

“Riders sit in chair-style seats and pedal with their hands,” she explained. “It’s a great activity for wheelchair users who want to get some exercise and explore the outdoors.”


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Before cancer forced the amputation of her left leg at age 18, Lynn Gaddis of Meridian lived and breathed high school basketball.

Afterwards, she found other ways to be athletic. “In college, I could do a whole routine on the uneven parallel bars and dismount on one leg,” she said.

So it’s no surprise that she plans to join the action at a July 24 wheelchair fencing clinic at Highland Park in Meridian. At age 53, Gaddis still can’t resist the chance to test her mettle.


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