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    • Don Yeagle.

      Don Yeagle

      Don Yeagle was diagnosed with  cluster headaches in May of 2016. Soon after his diagnosis, his wife, Gail, said she found him lying on the floor and it became clear he had a stroke.

      During recovery at his local hospital, a brain hemorrhage put him in the intensive care unit. His best hope for recovery was to be transferred to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “From the window in my room, I could see people enjoying the hospital’s healing garden and I remember saying, ‘I want to be one of those people enjoying the garden,’” Don said.

      In June of 2016, he was transferred to Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital. His left side was immobile; he couldn’t walk; his eyes could not focus. Here, Don made the unusual request to his speech-language pathologist to use the 10-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln in his therapy, reading more than 4,000 pages of the biography as inspiration towards recovery.

      Don’s goal was to walk out of the rehab hospital and into that healing garden he could see from his hospital room window. Six weeks later, he did.

      “When people say to me, ‘It’s good to see you,’ I say, ‘It’s good to be seen,’” Don says. “When you have a medical team who doesn’t take away your hope, it’s so much easier to get better. Everyone was so encouraging and I felt so safe. We always say when we drive back to the hospital, ‘We’re coming home.’”