In March 2016 at age 60 and after a lifetime of problem free health, I suddenly began to feel poorly. My condition was worsening daily. My neurosurgeon diagnosed my condition as degenerative arthritis in my feet, and bulging disks in my back among other things. After a few months I was confined to bed rest 24 hours a day because of the pain. Simple things like taking out the trash, and eating meals at the table became almost impossible. I had to give up my position playing organ at church. I became depressed because I could not take my beautiful and amazing wife out to dinner or a movie because of the physical discomfort. One of [Dr. Michael Renner's] recommendations was to join the Cantrell Center.
I did physical/aquatic therapy, arthritis class, and water walking which was all very nice, but it wasn’t until I started the water aerobics class with Donna T, Jessica, and Alex that my health began to improve DRAMATICALLY. The instructors are fantastic.
They would give me individual attention before and after class with certain exercises that gave me difficulty. After a few weeks of going six day a week, my 24 hours of bed rest is reduced to 8 hours. I can do regular activities around the house, and drive without pain. I feel normal. I am doing things now that I thought were impossible just a few years ago.
I was recently blessed to take my wife out to dinner and a movie on New Year’s Eve (something that seemed impossible before I joined the Center). I know that my health journey is far from over, but it is truly wonderful to now that the Cantrell Center is there, and will be a big part of my continued recovery. A big thank you to all the staff at the Cantrell Center. You guys are a blessing!!!