PODCAST: Shearer Determination
November 17, 2022 by Steve Kerschke, PT
Backed by decades of experience producing exceptional clinical outcomes, Kintinu Telerehab connects recovery to everyday life. In this podcast, we explore hot topics in rehabilitation, the keys to personal growth and recovery, and how to apply it all to the real-world.
In this episode of Kintinu’d Conversations, Brad Dexter, Claire Thelen, and Tim Benak welcome Denise Shearer to the podcast. A catastrophic stroke threatened to destroy everything Mike and Denise Shearer had built together: Their home, their family, their life. In November of 2017, Mike Shearer was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital in Omaha with pneumonia and complications from diabetes.
The following evening, Mike suffered a significant stroke and was rushed to Nebraska Medicine where he underwent a risky and life-saving craniectomy.. This procedure involved removing a large section of Mike’s skull as well as a significant amount of brain tissue.
In addition to the complications from the stroke, Mike’s heart became infected and required damaged heart valves to be removed and replaced with prosthetic ones.
One day after open heart surgery, Mike’s body became extremely septic and he nearly lost his life.
Amazingly, Mike weathered all storms.
Mike’s wife, Denise, sits down to discuss their journey, the impact of their community, and provides perspective through the lens of a loved one. You can learn more about the Shearer’s journey here.