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Mark B.


I am a survivor of a traumatic brain injury which severely affected my mobility by paralyzing the left side of my body. After a year of traditional therapies: physical, occupational and speech, I was seeing little or no results until I heard about Tom W., a special needs strength trainer of progressive strength recovery. His approach to physical rehabilitation is the only one that I've come across in the last year that makes any sense and gives results, whereas with other therapies there were none.  I now have hope of being able to hold my son, Jack, whereas before, it was beginning to look like I may spend the majority of my life in my recliner and never use my left arm or hand again, which is what I was told by many occupational therapists.  So, at 26 after a year of uncertainty and disappointment from the therapies, I was going to finally realize there really is hope! Somebody out there really can get me going again, and just being in the gym is inspiring because you may hear all of the success stories, but when you're there you can meet the people that have made such amazing gains and talk to them and know that there's hope!


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