Share Aitken-Andy and Lori
Andy and Lori were newlyweds in September of 2011 when Andy suffered a massive stroke. He was paralyzed on his right side and lost all his language-comprehension, speech, reading, and writing. He was in a coma, put on a ventilator, feeding tube, and had part of his skull removed to help with brain swelling. It took five months in the hospital and various rehab centers before he was strong enough to come home, but he has fought back. Over the past five years, he has participated in thousands of hours of therapy and has come a long way in his recovery. However, his very favorite therapy is riding horses at the Shea Center. Andy has been riding about three years and it’s easy to see the huge increases in his core strength, balance, speech, and ability to comprehend and follow directions. In fact, I (Lori) started riding with him because he was ready to start riding independently, but struggled following directions. His therapist thought if I could model the directions, he could follow. The plan worked great and we have so much fun riding together! Now, sometimes I follow HIM when his therapist gives directions. How’s that for improvement?! Andy was the breadwinner for our family. I’ve had to stay home to take care of him these past several years. Without the help of the generous donors, we wouldn’t be able to afford this wonderful therapy. We are so very grateful. Thank you Shea Center for being a huge blessing in our lives.