Munster Woman Achieves 'Medical Miracles'

In the span of 15 years, Kathryn Jackson has faced breast cancer, strokes, multiple sclerosis and a brain aneurysm.

Fortunately, with help from the Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation (ICOR ), she has become nothing short of a medical miracle. The courageous 50-year-old Munster, Ind., woman has regained her independence after suffering multiple minor strokes in 1995 that weakened her right side. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and used a cane to walk. Kathryn recalls, "There was a time when a whole day seemed too overwhelming," but the specialists at Ingalls helped her overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

"My motto is 'Keep moving forward,'" Kathryn explains, and that positive outlook was not affected by a diagnosis of an aggressive breast cancer or a brain aneurysm that required emergency surgery, a lengthy hospital stay and confined her to a wheelchair for two years. When she was ready for her rehabilitation, she turned to the experts at ICOR again. Now, Kathryn has taken up boxing and strength training, and she is free of the walkers, wheelchairs, and canes that were signs of her illnesses. "I'm so grateful for the progress I've made," Kathryn adds. "There are no words to describe how I feel. My doctors tell me I'm amazing."

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