Bridgepoint Health

Rehab helps Nancy transition back to the community

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

Since she was 18 years old, Nancy Stojsic has been in and out of hospitals for complications with her joints. After two surgeries for knee injuries before she was in her 20s, her surgeon told her that she wouldn’t be able to walk by the time she was 50. She was eventually diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and has had her hips, left knee and left shoulder replaced since 1998.

After getting her shoulder replaced a few months ago, Nancy came to Bridgepoint for rehabilitation by what she feels was a stroke of luck.

“Bridgepoint came recommended to me for rehab by one of my friends, and I think I would have died if I had gone anywhere else,” she says. “I feel so lucky to have sun in my room, a view of downtown Toronto, and really sweet, caring and efficient care providers. Being here was such a pleasure.”

Nancy arrived at Bridgepoint with her arm in a cast shortly after having her left shoulder replaced at Toronto Western Hospital. While her shoulder was healing, Nancy’s therapists helped her work on weaknesses in her legs and hips until her shoulder was strong enough for physiotherapy.

Prior to her shoulder replacement, Nancy had severe shoulder pain and couldn’t do up zippers or put her seatbelt on. Her shoulders were in poor condition by the time she had her consultation, and the surgeon advised her to get both shoulders replaced while she had the ability to get some good rehab in. Together, they decided that she would have her left shoulder replaced first.

“My goals are to be able to drive again and do my own hair before getting my right shoulder replaced,” says Nancy. After almost five weeks at Bridgepoint, her shoulder has improved considerably and her physiotherapist says she is doing well. “My daughter was so happy to see me able to use my left arm!” she says.

Nancy hopes to return to Bridgepoint for rehab after her second shoulder replacement. Despite decades of dealing with the pain and other complications that come with osteoarthritis, she carries a positive outlook on her life, has a great sense of humour, and shares a close relationship with her two daughters, who would wash and style her hair for her during her stay at Bridgepoint.

Nancy says that her health journey has proven the value of listening to your instinct when something doesn’t feel right. “My experience has taught me that if you feel that there is something wrong, listen to your gut. It doesn’t lie. All I’ve been doing is listening and listening.”