TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Randy Smith's life changed the morning he had a stroke.
While to road to recovery may be difficult at times, Smith knows he is not alone, thanks to the support from the Regional Rehab Center.
"I'm still having a lot of trouble, but I've come a long ways," Smith said.
Smith certainly has come a long way.
A stroke earlier this year in May left him in a wheel chair.
Mr. Randy, as he is fondly called, was determined to not let this be the end of his story.
"My whole life changed on me," he said.
The occupational and physical therapy at the Regional Rehab Center are designed to help Smith regain his sense of freedom and mobility.
With help from his therapists, Smith is no longer even using a brace.
Kari Robison is a licensed physical therapist assistant. Robison says this is a huge milestone.
"We are working on coordination and balance. We're working on building endurance. Mr. Randy is starting to get back some movement in his right ankle, so we're excited about that," Robison explained.
Smith continues to make progress in speech therapy as well.
He says he is passionate about sharing the Bible with others, but was having difficulty remembering passages after the stroke.
That's where speech therapist Bethany Reed comes in, who customizes their sessions.
"We are reviewing those verses and we write them down on a note card. We read over them every week and we try to help him remember passages like the conversion of the Philippian jailer and where that was found," Reed said.
With each obstacle that Smith overcomes, it's a daily reminder of the tue mission at the Regional Rehab Center, which is hope at work.
The therapy services are free at the Regional Rehab Center thanks to generous donations.
You can see more of how the Regional Rehab Center is changing lives in our upcoming Celebration of Hope telethon. which airs this Sunday from 1 - 3 pm on ABC-WTVA.