Client Testimonials

Testimonials & Success Stories

Stroke Survivor Testimonials

“…happy to be on my feet again.”

I served our country, active duty, during the Korean War. After badly healed fractures in my leg, my ribs, and my arm kept me in bed at a nursing home for six months, I was told I shouldn’t expect to walk again. Well, they don’t know me! I’m a competitive guy. This is me, resting after my first day walking after those six months, happy to be on my feet again. Six weeks later, I’m a lot stronger, and I’m walking so fast up and down all the hallways at the home, the staff can’t keep up with me!

Donald D., veteran and post stroke, TBI & orthopedic survivor, Eugene OR

K.P., post stroke survivor, Cleveland OH

I am absolutely excited that your product is within my reach. Thank you for all that you’re doing for those that need this amazing opportunity to improve the quality of their lives (like mine). I am also very happy to think of all the smiles you deliver with each product shipment! I am very excited about your product for the opportunity it will give me.

Gayle P., post stroke survivor, Astoria OR

I am only 58 years old, post stroke. I was told I’d never walk again or have any movement on the left side, and I proved them wrong. I’m determined to make as full of a recovery as I can. Never will I stop fighting to get my life back and I believe that the second step is an essential weapon in my fight against the odds. I feel as though some prayers were answered when my son found you on the internet. I know this equipment will get me one, two, three, steps closer to my freedom, to my life, to the day when I walk out of that nursing home and never look back. This equipment I know will save my life, end my physical limitations, stop my weight gain, and gift me with a bright and happy future. Thanks for giving me new hope and new faith.

Brain Injury Survivor Testimonials

“Using the Second Step GHS made me feel free to move”

Andrew was 26 years old when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car on the freeway. The result was a TBI that left him in a deep coma in addition to multiple site fractures. His therapy team, Advantage Rehab Services, were able to set new mobility goals by utilizing the GHS to improve Andrew’s gait pattern and quality. Andrew can now use the GHS to walk in the community on a daily basis with supervision. “Using the Second Step GHS made me feel free to move, I felt more positive and confident. I love walking again; I wasn’t supposed to walk again.” His biggest rehab accomplishment is “being able to walk using the gait trainer independently in the sun.” He worked over a year to meet that goal!

Andrew Allgood, TBI survivor, San Jose CA

 

Knute M., TBI survivor, Corvallis OR

After my accident, I didn’t walk for 22 years because everyone was afraid I would fall. Using the Gait Harness System to walk again is my dream come true!

Robert, TBI survivor, Gresham OR

Robert suffered a TBI after being assaulted more than 13 years ago. He began using the GHS every day at his residential adult foster home. One of Robert’s frustrations when he was bed- and wheelchair-bound after his TBI was the loss of his ability to “get up and see the world. Walking again gave me my life back! Work hard, don’t give up. You need to know, if I can do it, you can do it too!”​

Donald D., veteran and post stroke, TBI & orthopedic survivor, Eugene OR

I served our country, active duty, during the Korean War. After badly healed fractures in my leg, my ribs, and my arm kept me in bed at a nursing home for six months, I was told I shouldn’t expect to walk again. Well, they don’t know me!  I’m a competitive guy. This is me, resting after my first day walking after those six months, happy to be on my feet again. Six weeks later, I’m a lot stronger, and I’m walking so fast up and down all the hallways at the  home, the staff can’t keep up with me!

Neurological Disorder Survivor Testimonials

“I love the idea of your System and have to highly praise you for it.”

I love the idea of your System and have to highly praise you for it. It’s an extremely incredible feeling for people to be able to be standing up and moving…such a huge thing for a disabled person and such a simple thing, taken for granted, by the able-bodied. Those small miracles are what make days so special for people. Thank you for your time and all of your efforts in this endeavor.

Michelle F., MS survivor, McKeesport PA

 

John G., veteran and MS survivor, Annapolis MD

I received the GHS in great order! It was very well packaged and assembled easily according to the video instructions I am using the safety afforded by the seat harness and stability of the ambulator to first build back my standing strength. It is a slow process but definitely progressing! (You have to stand before you walk and walk before you run!) Thanks for this great equipment.

Brook S., MS survivor, Anchorage AK

We got the GHS, and strapped me in for a virgin voyage. The first day I stood for about forty minutes doing some leg presses and just stationary standing. The next day I was s-o-o-o-o sore, using muscles in my legs and back that hadn’t seen any action in a while! I am super excited and infinitely hopeful, and now is the time for the hard work.

Marlene M., cerebellar degeneration survivor, Corvallis OR

Using the Gait Harness System has been a life-changing experience. It is allowing me to restore my ability and confidence. It’s hard work, but it’s good work. This has helped me become stronger. It’s great to feel my muscles again.

Jim F., veteran and MS survivor, Baltimore MD

My GHS arrived this afternoon. That is a quality piece of equipment! Packaging was very good and Old Dominion Freight Service provided very smooth delivery. My wife assembled the GHS, I put on the harness and rehab work has started at a new level. Thank you for this very quality piece of equipment. Rehab work will be much safer with the GHS in my home (for both me and my therapist).

Jimmy D., MS Survivor, Clarkston MI

Using the Second Step has been amazing for me and for so many others. MS survivors have the motivation to keep going and to keep doing things and if we get up and can’t be mobile without the risk of falling, it is discouraging. We decide ‘I’m not going to get up out of my chair and walk across the room because I’m safe in the chair.’ But we want to go over there and with the Second Step GHS, I can go there. It motivates me to do even more. The comfort of knowing I’m going to be safe is #1. It was a big relief to me because if I’m in the GHS and I fall, I’m safe. I’m not scared to fall anymore. Second Step was there for me each and every way. Psychologically speaking it made all the difference knowing that Second Step had me, the whole way. I wasn’t going to fall and crash and burn like I have before. Working together, we’re making great things happen. What Second Step has given me is building confidence every day. Second Step has literally made a 3rd step, a 4th step, a 5th step, multiple steps for me and for others, and that’s the exciting part.

Spinal Cord Injury Survivor Testimonials

“The Gait Harness System has changed my life completely.”

The Gait Harness System has changed my life completely. I have been using the GHS for about 3 years. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. I was afraid I could fall or collapse on the ground, like I would with a walker. But the GHS wasn’t like a walker; it makes walking a whole lot easier. It helps the joints in my legs, relieves pressure points from sitting down all day in a wheelchair and it helps me be able to walk during PT. I even used the GHS to walk down the aisle on my wedding day. If I used it at home, I would be able to succeed further and faster. If I could use it every day, I would use it, in a heartbeat. If anybody in my situation could use this every day, I am sure they would heal and strive and want to get better instead of sitting in the chair all day. I promote people to use it. Thanks for designing this equipment for people like me to strive and to be at our top game. I just can’t thank you guys enough. God Bless.

Josh N., C6/7 SCI survivor, Pinckney MI

 

Carla S., RN and SCI survivor, Huntsville AL

Going back into an inpatient setting & doing Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, intuitively, feels like going backward. I believe at home physical therapy with the GHS makes so much more sense from a functional improvement stance.

Cortney H., C 5-6 quad survivor, Riga MI

I’m able to stand and walk using the Second Step with the help of my trainer. Strength in my upper body, trunk control and my sitting posture has improved a great deal.

Joel D., SCI survivor, retired US Navy Nuclear Submarine Commander, Greenwood SC

My methodology is using my overhead lift to transfer me into the Second Step, then to lower me to where my elbows are on the top framework and my feet start to load. With this configuration, I can load my entire body weight or just a fraction of it, as needed. The Second Step gives me the platform for balance and a place to put my elbows and arms so I can assist my legs. I could not make this transition without the Second Step! I have a standing frame and we use that, but that provides additional support and does not allow the virtual natural standing that I’m able to do with the Second Step. My legs are getting stronger and I’m doing typically many flex-and-extend exercises with my knees, along with working constantly on chin down, shoulders back, posture, etc. I am extremely pleased.

Paul R., SCI survivor, Wales, United Kingdom

I am a T12/L1 paraplegic. I found the Gait Harness System on the internet after I couldn’t find anything like it here in Europe. The GHS has helped me a great deal in rehab, I can easily move it from rehab back and forth to my home.

Amy F.,SCI survivor, Elkader IA

I can walk with KAFO’s around the track using the Second Step GHS and with little assistance from my trainer along with crawling forwards, backwards, and side to side. I’m making progress with my stability along with increasing my upper body strength. If it weren’t for this program, I don’t think I’d be doing the unbelievable things I was told I would never do again.

John T., SCI & LE amputee survivor, Bannister MI

I didn’t walk for 14 years. With the GHS, now I can walk four laps around the track with small breaks in between and also crawl about the same.

Bob Smith, SCI survivor, Harrison Township MI

The Second Step Gait Harness System has helped me tremendously. I have tried body weight support treadmill training, with both an overhead lift and with the Lokomat. I’ve also tried the Litegait. I’ve also combined the Lokomat with the GHS and the latest therapy from the Rehab Institute of Michigan. What the GHS allowed me to do is walk at my own pace, with or without assistance. It allowed me to fully weight bear and with little to no discomfort, unlike every other harness. And that’s not even mentioning the obvious benefits, like endurance cardio.

Joyce A., SCI survivor, Detroit MI

After my accident, I was told I would never walk again, but I never gave up hope! This is my first day up. It feels so wonderful to stand!  Two years after her accident, Joyce shows that standing and walking again is finally possible using the Second Step Gait Harness System. She is “excited to get back to my happy and wonderful life!”

Kayt H., SCI survivor, Grand Blanc MI

I was told I would never walk again. I feel more stable in the Second Step GHS because I don’t have to worry about moving my hands. If you misplace your hands in the parallel bars or a walker you are going to fall. With the GHS I don’t worry about my hands–the equipment moves around with me. I can be upright, use my hip flexors and extensors much more and can focus on what my feet are doing and when to take steps. If your walker tips, you tip–whereas the Second Step can’t tip, it holds you in place. I used some equipment before which felt like I was ‘part of it’ versus it being part of me and it didn’t work well. The Second Step works better and helps me with a more fluid walk. It’s very adjustable and extremely helpful. The GHS can get me to community level walking a lot faster than a standard walker would. It allows you to do more on your own. I may not walk like you but even being able to get upright and walking a little bit changes everything for me.

Doug E., SCI survivor, Grand Blanc MI

I’ve been through 5 clinics, years of different PT and tried multiple types of devices. I have worked with the Second Step Gait Harness System more than 1 time at more than 1 clinic. I’ve seen more than one person that the Second Step has helped. Each time it enabled me to push my boundaries and get me back out in everyday living. It gave me confidence, most of all. The weight bearing feels great after sitting down for a lot of time. I could never take my walker and walk 1000 feet, but with the Second Step I definitely can. The GHS is stable and strengthened me in places I couldn’t get to with other equipment. It’s about people taking the adversity, using it as something good and going towards a goal to be better. You just have to find the path to get you where you want to be.

Orthopaedic Survivor Testimonials

“Using the Gait Harness System, you have more control and freedom”

For 3 years I had a boot on all the time and hard a real hard time walking so I didn’t walk. It was like starting all over again. The Second Step is so much better with walking. It was hard using a walker, because you don’t know how to move your arms, you are stuck straight. Using the Second Step, it was different…you have more freedom. You are not just straight, you can move from side to side, which makes it nice. With the Second Step you learn how to walk, and control it, more than you can with a walker. I do like the Second Step. I feel secure. I’m pleased with it; this is good training and I hope to practice more with it.

Crissa, AK amputee survivor, Grand Blanc MI

 

John T., SCI & LE amputee survivor, Bannister MI

I didn’t walk for 14 years. With the GHS, now I can walk four laps around the track with small breaks in between and also crawl about the same.

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