This is a part of the Hot Topic podcast series from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Exercise After Burn Injury. Joy Greene, Burn Survivor, discusses The Importance of Family Support.
Sustained a Burn Injury in 2011
My twin sister Judy, after the accident, was probably is relentless as my pain. She would constantly be talking about exercise, even when I was in the rehab hospital just coming out of a coma, with bandages head to toe. "You should meditate. You should breathe." And I'd be looking at her like, what are you talking about? Do you see me? I can't even move.
But she wouldn't give up. She thought I could run again. She thought I could swim. She thought I could do yoga. She thought I could take any class I wanted. She thought I could do the Cliff Walk, one of our most favor out walks in the Newport, Rhode Island, filled with rugged rocks. She thought I could do it, and she didn't give up.
And I think that's what helped me not give up. It was the love. And maybe there wasn't so much patience 'cause she would get frustrated when I wasn't listening, or maybe I just didn't want to listen because I was in so much pain.
But she wanted me to be back to who I was before. She wasn't gonna let this accident destroy me and the things I loved. And I think her faith in me helped me get back to something I love to do, and that's exercise.
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