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The Power To Overcome – From One Type Of Stroke To Another

The Power To Overcome – From One Type Of Stroke To Another Marie Kelleher's Story

At 100, Marie Kelleher is more active than many people half her age. She swims several days a week and recently set a national record for the 50-meter freestyle – not the first title she holds for such an event. Even more impressive, this was her first swim meet since experiencing a stroke just a few short months ago.

She came to Sheltering Arms for intensive rehabilitation following the stroke and upon transitioning from inpatient to outpatient therapy, she was already thinking about getting back in the pool. Physical therapy sessions included re-perfecting her freestyle stroke while balancing on a therapy ball, and culminated with her returning to the water for the first time.

Marie Kelleher certainly found the power to overcome and Sheltering Arms was honored to help her return to the activity she loves. From one century-old Richmond icon (Sheltering Arms celebrated our 124th anniversary this week) to another, congratulations Mrs. Kelleher!

Take a look at her recent feature in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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