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Now I can ... be a caregiver again

Beverly Coleman of Brandon awoke to a strange new reality in June 2008.

After a collision with a dump truck bruised her brain and battered her body, the nurse at Hospice Ministries Inc. was the one needing constant care. "That was the hardest challenge," she said. "I don't like being a patient. I like helping people."

It's a calling shared by the staff at Methodist Rehab's Outpatient Quest program, a community reintegration program that helps people with brain and spinal injuries return to work, school or community life. Their dedication helped Beverly regain the skills necessary to return to a job she loves.

"The emotional and spritual support I received from the therapists kept me going and motivated me to meet my goals," she said. "They were amazing and encouraging. It's more than a job to them. They gave every bit of what they had."

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