Ellen BalashEllen Balash has been staying at Fairview for about a year and a half. When I met her last year, she was happy about the care and therapies, but I could see she was a little nervous. She had a breathing problem which was affecting her speech. Now I can see a different and relaxed person, who smiles and can breathe and speak normally.

Interview by Twinlight Studios.


Hello, Ellen, good to see you again. It seems to me that you feel much better now, right? And I can see you are no longer in a wheelchair, but with a walker. I can also see your breathing and speaking have improved a lot. What a transformation!? So, please tell me how that all happened?

Yes, you are right. I feel a lot better. I can walk now. It is like a different life for me now. This is my second stay here now and of course I have improved a lot.

What do you think has helped you?

The physical therapy has helped me a lot. They have taught me a lot of things. I have started walking again. It was hard in the beginning, and I had problems with walking. But they were very helpful, and I started getting used to it. It took a lot of practice. I think physical therapy here is great. They worked on my arms and on both legs and did everything possible for me. They have given me a lot of encouragement too. They have provided me with something to squeeze. I have a ball to squeeze. I do that several times a day. These therapists are great.

The nurses are great. They take excellent care of you. When I had asthma, they took very great care of that. I had asthma for five years and all of a sudden I got flu and I started wheezing. I heard myself wheezing at night. I told the nurse who was there and I said that I was wheezing. They called the doctor. The doctor examined me. It is good that I did not find myself in hospital again and I started getting better.

The activities are also good for my health. I enjoy the games. I don’t want to go into all the details of my personal life, which was difficult, but the activities have helped a lot with my mood.

So, that is my story.