Personal Story – Carol Arendt

Carol Arendt

Before Carol Arendt joined St. Paul’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) she was depressed, morbidly obese, and confined to a wheelchair. At nearly 400 pounds, she avoided walking for fear of falling.

As a teenager, Carol was involved in a horrible accident that spiraled into
health issues. Plagued by pain due to osteoarthritis in multiple joints, diabetic, partially blind and clinically depressed, Carol felt hopeless.

“I’ve had several injuries to my knees, back, and shoulders throughout the
years,” Carol explained. “I was injured in my teens. I was on a bike, and a truck and a car crashed into me. Arthritis set in. I’ve been off and on crutches for so long the doctors suggested a wheelchair. My family said once I was in a wheelchair I’d never get out of it. I was depressed and needed something to look forward to.”

St. Paul’s PACE is a great place for people who need help. I wasn’t expecting to get out of it what I have – counseling, support, physical therapy, and friendships … St. Paul’s PACE has changed my life.

St. Paul’s PACE Participant Carol Arendt

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 03:03 pm