Two years ago, Megan Rice was an energetic 15-year-old involved in all kinds of sports and extracurricular activities in her home town of Carmi, Illinois. Then she started to feel extremely tired and became very ill. Megan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Suddenly, she was fighting for her life.
Megan is still fighting against her cancer and winning, but she lost the feeling and function in her feet and legs due to side effects of chemotherapy. The teen who had excelled in volleyball and cheerleading could no longer walk on her own. “That was very frustrating for her,” said Megan’s mom Amy, “especially because she’s always been so athletic.”
Megan never lost her competitive spirit. But she needed the right “coach” with the expertise to help her regain strength and mobility. When Megan began working with Easterseals Physical Therapist Mary Esche, the two became a “dream team” and good things started happening. “Megan and Mary just clicked,” said Amy. “Mary could motivate Megan like no one else.” Two years later, Megan and her mom still travel from Carmi to Evansville each week for therapy with Mary.
Now Megan is rebuilding her endurance, strengthening her leg muscles, and re-learning how to take steps. It’s hard work! The Easterseals Rehabilitation Center’s new eStim device helps Megan make more rapid progress in therapy. It provides electrical impulses that cause targeted muscles to contract in the same way they do during exercise. After just a few sessions using eStim as part of her physical therapy, Megan could already feel a difference.
Megan still has a long journey ahead but she’s determined! Now almost 17, she’s planning for college and a career in the medical field. Because of support like yours, Megan is making great strides toward her goals. With your help, Easterseals will be here for her every step of the way!
Last updated: December 7, 2017