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Adam's Determination Drives him Forward!

Adam 5

Adam is a fiercely independent and inspirational gent. Adam is 38 years old and has been diagnosed with Ataxia Telengiectasia, AT for short. AT is an auto immune condition that causes deteriorating balance, stability and strength over a period of years. As a result functional ability is gradually lost, Adam does not let this get him down in fact he has such a positive outlook and shows such great determination to improve he really is a pleasure to work with.

Lorna has worked with Adam since 2013, at this point he lived independently and worked hard to maintain his ability to walk although he relied on a wheelchair when he was outside.

Unfortunately in 2015 Adam had a fall and broke his arm resulting in him having to move back home with his parents. This was the start of a really tough time for the family, Adam's Mum, Chris, was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away soon after. Adam kept living with his Dad, Tony and together they worked hard to build his strength back up with an aim to get Adam back to his own home despite the horrendous time they were going through. In 2016 Adam was dealt another blow, he was diagnosed with bladder and bowel cancer! In true Adam style he was determined not to let things get him down and following extensive surgery and chemotherapy he pushed on with his rehabilitation. At this point Adam was understandably very weak and had lost a lot of his previous abilities, now relying on a wheelchair at all times.

Lorna visited Adam weekly initially at home, working on specialized exercises and activities to strengthen his weak muscles and regain some mobility. In October 2017 Adam visited the Positive Steps Physiotherapy clinic and trialled our latest piece of kit.....the Motomed Active Trainer, he loved it. Adam could cycle with his legs and his arms and could push himself more than he had ever been able to before, he was out of breath and sweating something we all take for granted but Adam struggled to do. Adam now cycles up to 7 miles during 1 session, clocking up in excess of 200 miles since then!

Adam says he has never felt stronger and in January 2018 he was fit enough to move back home.

Adam is now fully independent in his own home and has returned to practicing his walking using parallel bars his Dad, Tony has built for him in the garden.....Amazing result for an amazing gent! We are very, very proud!

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Lorna Saunders Bsc. Hons, MCSP, MHCPC - Specialist Neurological and Paediatric Physiotherapist