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Change in the Face of Change: Koby Truesdell’s Brave Steps

“Change is inevitable. Why embrace it when you can make it happen?” We introduced Koby Truesdell last September, at the very beginning of his pilgrimage back to life following a catastrophic spinal cord injury. In his four months at QLI, Koby has embodied many qualities–perseverance, pride, levity, wisdom. His is a voice within QLI’s spinal […]

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Tom Wagstaff: A Hero’s Homecoming

How do you prepare for the day that changes your life? How do you react to it, reckon with it? What steps do you take to rebuild and reclaim all that is lost? For the Wagstaff family, that day was March 29th, 2017. At 9:58 A.M., Officer Tom Wagstaff and other members of the Independence, […]

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The Next Ride

Choosing a new path in life is a challenge. It feels impossible when the path is chosen by someone else. It’s summer 1989. Brian Gut has just finished a day’s ride in the annual Bike Across the Magnificent Miles of Illinois event, a week-long, 500-mile marathon trek across the state. At just 19 years old, […]

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QLI Through Shane’s Eyes

Shane Hultine has a lot of stories to share. He might tell you about the time, some four months after suffering a spinal cord injury, he went camping overnight with QLI staff and fellow rehabilitation clients. He might tell you about what it was like to come to QLI with an external fixator haloed around […]

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No Compromises, No Limits: QLI’s Pain Rehabilitation Program

“Complete disability.” That’s the term most commonly used by severe chronic pain sufferers to self-report their level of impairment. When a case of intense pain weathers on through months and years, it surpasses description as a simple setback, annoyance, or inconvenience. For millions of men and women in the United States, the battle against chronic […]

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