Mrs. Shore, on her 13th visit to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress, has overcome a string of health issues over the years ranging from staph infection to double pneumonia.
She was sick frequently as a child, having gone her entire life with undiagnosed Crohn’s disease. With a love for serving patients and helping others, Mrs. Shore began a career as a nurse; but once diagnosed at the age of 22, she was no longer able to continue in that role.
The first time Mrs. Shore came to HealthSouth Cypress, she was scared because of previous experiences with rehabilitation at other facilities. It wasn’t long before she realized this rehabilitation experience wouldn’t be anything like her previous ones.
“The nurses here are very rare,” said Shore. “They live in a society of love, compassion and teamwork. No one has complained about their job. They like their jobs, they like this place and they love their patients.”
On Aug. 24 while at HealthSouth Cypress, Mrs. Shore woke up at night unable to breathe. The nursing staff rushed in and held her up so she could breathe until the ambulance arrived. She was experiencing a panic attack due to congestive heart failure, which resulted in an open heart surgery and an additional surgery to replace her aortic valve.
“There was so much compassion that night, it was amazing,” said Shore.
Mrs. Shore is now working toward getting back on her feet again at HealthSouth Cypress so she can return to the rehabilitation hospital to volunteer and help encourage other patients.
“Every time the therapy team gets me back on my feet,” said Shore. “Do not give up.”