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Michael's Story: A Family's Recovery from A Rare Neurological Illness Michael's Story: A Family's Recovery from A Rare Neurological Illness

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In 1999 Sandy Levine’s husband Michael Fairhurst was rushed to the hospital due to a rare neurological illness. As an award-winning television producer, Sandy started recording Michael’s illness and recovery for three reasons.  First, she thought he probably wouldn’t remember much of what happened, and that someday he may be interested in seeing it.  Second, it gave her something to do to help keep her sanity.  And third, as a producer, she knew someday – assuming Michael lived –it would make a damn good story.

Today, 14 years post illness, Michael has made a remarkable recovery after the illness damaged his brain. He's found new meaning working at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital - where he once was a patient -helping others overcome their disabilities.  Sandy has begun presenting speaking programs and producing a documentary about the family’s experience.  Her goal is to help people who have survived a crisis, and those who work every day to help others make it through.

In sharing what happened, how she and her family dealt with it, and how they’re doing today, Sandy inspires her viewers and audience members to conquer their own challenges.

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Thx for sharing your story Michael! Truly inspirational!! I sustained a TBI about 4 months ago (my 3rd in 19 yrs). Although my condition is not as serious as yours was, it's still difficult to cope with it as my life has changed drastically since the injury. Who keeps me together is God. If it weren't for Him, I could totally fall apart ☺ I admire your courage for fighting through it & being the man that you are today. And many hugs to your wife who stood by your side through it all. What an amazing lady she is! May God bless you, your family & loved ones continuously! 💞 Take care.

Oct 2nd, 2016 11:01am

Tears in my eyes. A coworker is going thru this with her son. Definitely gives hope.

Jun 11th, 2016 8:40am

it gives hope and be patience to see healiing effects!!!

Dec 29th, 2015 6:40am

 

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