Following a diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy, Keshia Williams required a below-the-knee amputation on her left leg. Following surgery, she required rehabilitation and admitted to Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute (SRI).
Keshia arrived at SRI, not knowing what to expect. Then, she learned about the Joint Commission-certified amputee program at SRI. Keshia completed the program and discharged with excellent results.
A year later, Keshia required a below-the-knee amputation on her right leg. Knowing she would be in great hands, Keshia returned to SRI for rehabilitation.
Though an accredited rehabilitation hospital, Keshia noted that SRI “didn’t have a hospital atmosphere.” Her experience was one she recalled with fondness. “Everyone made me feel like family,” she shared. “Not only the physicians and therapists but also the other patients.”
During that second inpatient stay, Keshia met another amputee. They brought each other comfort by spending time together and having someone to talk to that understood each other’s situation.
“We are to love one another as God loves us,” Keshia stated. And during her stay, Keshia modeled this belief. She was always a cheerleader in the therapy gym, pushing everyone to do their best. In addition, she brought patients together in the cafeteria for games and conversation, a great way to both socialize and support one another.
After being fitted for her prosthesis, Keshia plans to return to SRI for outpatient rehab. She also intends to return as a peer visitor to encourage new patients as they begin their road to recovery.