Time to Start Living

It’s time for Christy Rolley to start living again.

The 48-year-old Newburgh, Ind., resident has had a few “interruptions” along the way. On January 31, 2010, Rolley and her sister were sledding with their kids when the Rolleys’ tube struck a tree. Her head and back slammed into the tree, fracturing her spine and paralyzing her from the sternum down.

After surgery at Deaconess Hospital and three months in Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, Rolley began therapy at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.

But as home renovations were underway on Oct. 18, 2011, Rolley discovered a lump in her breast. When cancer was confirmed, Rolley battled serious infection and chemotherapy. Now more than two years after Evansville Living featured Rolley (“Strength in Numbers,” March/April 2012), she says she’s feeling great.

“Finally in 2014, I finally feel like I can start living again, after being paralyzed, after all that yuck in the past,” says Rolley, who has accepted the title of the adult Easter Seals representative. “To be able to go, do, last all day, and not feel like I’m sick or have to be down for a while — I’ve had such wonderful friends and family who have helped me along the way.”

The mother of four says her children — Will, 14, twins Isaac and Ellen, 13, and Sam, 11 — are her constant motivation to keep going.

Rolley continues therapy at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for an hour twice a week with her physical therapist Patty Balbach, who has been with her since the very beginning. The pair works to strengthen her core and endurance.

“Christy is a perfect example of someone who didn’t think they would ever need Easter Seals, and maybe didn’t know about all the services we offer here,” says Pam Kirk, director of marketing and community relations at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. “Her situation is a reminder that it can happen to anyone.”

Rolley says she’s excited to spend time with her children, attend their many sporting events, and start cutting hair again, a career she’d enjoyed for nearly 30 years.

For more information about Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, call 812-479-1411 or visit in-sw.easterseals.com.

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