Jordan Patterson was enjoying a successful career in the entertainment industry when he began to experience severe muscle weakness. He was only 40 years old, and his illness changed his life.
After many medical tests, Jordan was diagnosed with multifocal motor neuropathy. It’s a progressive muscle disorder that’s similar to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but treatable.
Jordan received the treatment he needed, but he says it was the therapy he received from Bridgepoint’s Ambulatory Care Program that “allowed me to move forward.”
"The confidence that Bridgepoint gave back to me was unbelievable," Jordan says.
“Before I got to Bridgepoint, I was struggling to get out of bed,” Jordan says. “My body was a train wreck.” In addition to the physical effects, his illness had left him “mentally defeated.”
In the Ambulatory Care Program, Jordan received occupational therapy to help him regain the use of his hands, counselling with a social worker, group counselling sessions with other patients facing similar challenges, and vocational therapy to help him return to his career.
His therapy at Bridgepoint lasted eight months, and Jordan says it made all the difference. “Now I'm doing unbelievably well,” he says. “Now I’m back in the game.”
Jordan is just one of the many patients whose lives have changed at Bridgepoint.You can donate online
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