Case Studies

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Benjamin Disraeli, Former Prime minister
He who likes cherries soon learns to climb
Anon
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Emily Dickson
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein
Every good thing is better if you can share with a friend.
Pam Brown B
Happiness is a state of activity.
Aristotle
Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Plato

Sue

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Background History

Sue is a 72 year old lady, who had suffered 2 strokes following spinal surgery. She lives with her husband in a 2 bedroomed apartment in a small town. Her son lives in the south of the UK and her daughter lives with her husband and their 3 children in Australia.

Sue had always been an avid and confident computer user before her illness, using it mainly for storing photos, making diary journals for her grand children, skypeing her family in Australia and making movie clips.

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Medical History

Mary was 55 years of age when she experienced a left sided stroke in 2006, resulting in weakness (hemiplegia) of her right limbs. Her affected arm and leg were difficult to manage on a daily basis due to biomechanical and soft tissue changes which resulted in pain. Mary also had expressive and receptive dysphasia. Prior to the stroke, Mary lived an active life teaching students Spanish, she also had an interest in painting, aromatherapy and reading tarot cards.

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Medical History

Jenny is a 35 year old professional woman who was diagnosed with acute rheumatoid arthritis 2 years ago. She takes non- steroidal anti-inflammatory medication on a regular basis. Since diagnosis she has had four episodes of acute exacerbation of her condition each time she was treated with a short course of steroids.

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