The road to recovery starts with a single step, and for Janice Firlotte the step will probably take place in Picton, Ont.
Firlotte suffered a stoke the end of July 2011, and she and her husband Jerry are seeking hyperbaric chamber oxygen treatment at the Ability Camp.
According to Ability Camp director Kevin Hickling, “the majority of our therapy involves children and adults with cerebral palsy and strokes.”
Hickling said therapy sessions can be up to five weeks and involve “pushing them as much as we can.”
The stroke therapy offered at Ability Camp combines hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help stimulate the injured brain and an intensive and focused therapeutic exercise program called conductive education to help repair or form new connections from the brain to the muscles.
“If they offered this therapy here, it would save me $20,000,” Janice’s husband, Jerry, told the Times-Herald. “I think this therapy will help my wife, so this is where we’re going and what we’re going to do.”
He said the five-week treatment involves 60 hours of hyperbaric chamber oxygen therapy, along with 50 hours of therapeutic exercise.
Firlotte said Janice presently visits Providence Place twice a week for therapy, but he added he knows he needs to do more for his wife.
“Right now I’m liquidating assets to move on to make my wife better — whatever it takes, as long as there’s the slightest improvement, it’s worth it," he said.
Firlotte said time is a major factor for stroke victims, with therapy and treatment being more effective the sooner it can begin.
“We’ll be having two fundraiser dinners in May to help raise funds for the trip and costs,” Brenda White, Janice’s sister, said. “Tickets will be available this upcoming week.”
A rib and salad fundraiser will be taking place May 9 at Champs, with a steak dinner planned for May 10, also being held at Champs. For tickets and further information, contact Brenda White at 306-693-0263.
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