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Derek McGinnis: Recovering One Therapy at a Time After a Combat-Related TBI

Recovering One Therapy at a Time After a Combat-Related TBI

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A pivotal moment for me at Palo Alto the one thing I could hold onto-- because you go to speech therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, neurology appointments and physical therapy and your various OT, occupational therapy, as well and during those--one of the sessions you go to is of course physical therapy, and the one thing I knew I could still control was my body and my stretching and my exercise, so I could give 110% in that aptitude, and that's the one area that I could control and I could still do. Holding on to the PT side of things really made me feel-- okay, before we used to PT all the time in the military and drill, and I can still do that at least, so I still have that. In the worst-case scenario I can PT, and I can build from that, the new phase in my life.

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Focus on what you can do after injury, give it 110% effort, and the other abilities will come. Navy veteran Derek McGinnis shares his experience.

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Derek McGinnisDerek McGinnis is an Iraq War combat veteran serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He currently serves combat veterans and their families at the Modesto Vet Center. He advocates for veterans coping with pain through the American Pain Foundation and is the author of a book on pain management.


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