When driving through the main streets of Old Forge keep your eyes out for Julie Grimes in her neon orange electric wheelchair. She can be seen just about anywhere from Café Rinaldi’s, Old Forge football games, or Ray’s Supermarket.
When people hear about Julie and her story, they think she has it rough; but that’s not how Julie sees things. Constantly telling people “Never say why me”, Julie keeps a determined attitude. Always pushing through one obstacle after another gives her courage not to say “why me”, but instead she says “try me”.
Although commonly misdiagnosed, Myasthenia Gravis is a neuromuscular disorder that attacks the muscles and the nerves that control them. She has been in and out of Allied Therapy since 1995.
Julie was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 23. She has endured multiple knee replacements plus ankle replacement surgery. Then seven years ago she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis.
Through all the illness, surgeries and subsequent rehab that came along with it, Julie has kept a positive attitude that keeps her motivated every day.
Julie is also a very accomplished in the field of computer information systems. She graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and was apart of their Magna Cum Laude Chapter for graduating with honors. She then attended Drexel University, earning her masters in computer information systems with a 4.0 GPA. Shortly thereafter Julie became an adjunct professor. She then became an Enterprise Business System Manager while she was also teaching. Julie has dedicated herself to working long hours and nights to achieve these goals. She exhibited the same work ethic in rehab, which is part of the reason for her success.
Julie says that rehab at Allied has changed her life. After being stricken to a bed for nearly two years, Allied’s wonderful staff of physical therapists were able to get her back on her feet to regain independence.
She has enlisted in just about every type of care that Allied has to offer. From being an inpatient at Allied’s #1 Nationally ranked rehab hospital, in outpatient therapy at Taylor Rehab Center, twice an inpatient at Heinz Rehab Hospital, utilizing Allied’s Home Health, and In-Home Care, Julie is grateful to the staff for all of their help. On her recent return to Allied Julie said, “I’m here for a tune-up”.