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Content provided by Samaritan Health Services Lebanon woman feels blessed to walk again Eighteen years ago, Laura Price was injured in a serious car crash. “I was told that I had injured my spine,” Price recalled. “The neurosurgeon said I needed surgery.” At the time, Price was pregnant with her youngest child, Madison. She was reluctant to proceed because of the risks involved. “I said ‘no.’ There was too much uncertainty,” she said. Before leaving, the surgeon warned Price that if she didn’t take care of the injury, one day, she would fall down paralyzed. Still, Price declined to have surgery. In the years after the crash, Price experienced headaches and had increasing numbness in her arm, which she attributed to the injury to her spine. But she just lived with the symptoms. Then on Jan. 28, 2018, the surgeon’s prediction came true. Price, now 55, was on vacation and having lunch with a friend at a restaurant in Yachats. She stood up to walk to the restroom, and then collapsed, paralyzed. At first, Price thought she was having a stroke. “Can you understand what I am saying?” her friend kept asking. Price was rushed by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. An MRI showed it was the old spinal injury that had caused her paralysis. After undergoing a spinal surgery at Samaritan Neurosurgery, Price is grateful for her improved quality of life. Daniela Alexandru-Abrams, MD, of Samaritan Neurosurgery, sees patients at the coast, and received Price’s MRI. Dr. Alexandru-Abrams told Price she needed surgery to repair the spinal canal that had deteriorated over time and had completely collapsed and pinched her spinal cord. In the years since the crash, there have been many advances in neurosurgery. Price decided the risks were worth taking if she wanted to walk again. She agreed to surgery. After a nine-hour operation at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, her spine was repaired successfully. Within days, Price was up and walking. She hopes that her success story inspires She used a walker as a precaution for others to seek treatment that will the first month to avoid falling. immensely improve their quality of life. Price was referred to a new program called Movement, Mindfulness and Pain Science, offered at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. The program includes physical activity in a group setting. In September, Price completed the eight-week program. She continues to practice yoga and tai chi to improve her strength. Price’s headaches are gone, her arm is no longer numb and she’s living pain-free. She hopes to return to full-time work soon. “I do feel blessed,” Price said. “I’ve had absolutely no neck pain.” Dr. Alexandru-Abrams specializes in minimally invasive brain and spine tumor removal, skull base surgery, endoscopic pituitary and anterior skull base surgery, third ventriculostomies and complex hydrocephalus. She also practices general spine neurosurgery and instrumentation including treatment for spinal stenosis. For more information on Samaritan Neurosurgery, call 541-768-4501 or visit Livinghealthy Community classes to keep you healthy Spin for Survivors event aims to support fitness after cancer Get pumped. Spin. Support cancer survivors! Join SamFit at its Albany location to support local cancer survivors seeking a healthier life after cancer at Spin for Survivors on Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to noon. This fun, energetic event will raise money to support the Samaritan Cancer Program’s SurvivorFit program, which aids with gym memberships and wellness coaching to cancer survivors. Never participated in a spinning event before? No problem! This event is appropriate for all skill levels, but you must be 15 years of age or older to ride. Spin times: Every hour, on the hour from 9 a.m. to noon Registration cost: $30 minimum donation What to expect: Spin among fellow SamFit supporters or bring a friend and hop on a bike for a fun-filled hour of spinning for cancer survivors! Wear comfortable clothing and get ready for a great workout for an even greater cause. Participants will enjoy fun music, enthusiastic coaching, a photobooth, SamFit swag and more. To register for the event or for more event information, visit To learn more about the Samaritan Cancer Program, including SurvivorFit, visit Find freedom from smoking Get heart smart with a free screening Join us for a free, seven-week tobacco cessation class designed by the American Lung Association. Learn about lifestyle changes, medications and how to prepare for your quit day. March 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Samaritan Internal Medicine - Corvallis. Registration: To raise awareness of heart health in our communities, Samaritan Health Services will offer free heart health screenings. Appointments are limited, and registration is required. Spin for survivors Regional Medical Center, conference rooms A and B Join a spin class at SamFit and support local cancer survivors seeking a healthier life after cancer. Funds raised from the event will support Samaritan Cancer Program’s SurvivorFit program, which aids with memberships and wellness coaching to cancer survivors. No experience necessary. Must be 15 years or older to participate. March 2, 9 a.m. to noon, SamFit - Albany. Cost: $30 minimum donation. Registration: Learn mental health first aid for adults Learn how to help individuals who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or crisis. March 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Registration: Learn to live well with a chronic condition Discover ways to take control of your health while living with a chronic condition in a free six-week program. Starting March 6, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Mid-Willamette Family YMCA, Albany. Registration: Feb. 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, conference room B March 9, 8 a.m. to noon, Good Samaritan March 16, 8 a.m. to noon, Samaritan Albany General Hospital, third floor conference rooms Registration: 855-543-2780 (855-5-HEART-0) Mind and movement: Move past the pain Join Michelle King, PT, for a free seminar and learn strategies to combat your pain and get you feeling better. Discover how your brain processes pain and learn how gentle movement-based strategies and mindfulness can make a difference in your daily life. March 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Reimer conference room. Registration: or 855-873-0647 Visit for a complete list of classes and support groups in your community.

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