Brittany's Story

They went above and beyond and showed genuine interest in me and all my aches and pains."– Brittany Clark

“I wasn’t even at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for my back. They didn’t have to care about it, but thank God they did. 

Brittany Clark was on her way to work when a car crossed the line and slammed into her head-on. Because of her shattered elbow and fractured wrist, she ended up at RIM. While she was there, they discovered a tumor in her back that would have paralyzed her within weeks.

 “It sounds crazy, but I thank God for my accident because it saved my life,” says Brittany.

 When Brittany had her wreck, it took medics 20 minutes to cut her out of her totaled car. She underwent three surgeries to correct her shattered elbow and fractured wrist and then began rehab at RIM.

 While she was there, therapists noticed a bulge in her lower back. Brittany knew it was there and said other doctors had told her it was a strain caused by uneven hips that would go away. Brittany always felt it was more than that because it was becoming more and more painful.

 Brittany’s RIM therapists weren’t convinced uneven hips were her problem either. They urged her to get another opinion, and this time, the doctor came back with a much different diagnosis.

 “I had a volleyball-sized tumor in my back,” says Brittany. “It wasn’t cancerous, but it was growing so quickly that if I had been diagnosed just three weeks later, it would [have been] in my spine making me paralyzed. I just thought, ‘Oh my God…what if they hadn’t caught it in time?’”

 Brittany had the tumor removed and continued her therapy at RIM for her elbow, wrist and lower body.

 “I wasn’t even at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for my back,” says Brittany.

 “They didn’t have to care about it, but thank God they did. They went above and beyond and showed genuine interest in me and all my aches and pains. 

 “I’ve really stayed positive and upbeat through this whole ordeal and a lot of that has to do with RIM. Thanks to my team, I’m back doing most of the things I love.”