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Determined spirits on road to recovery

by Tech. Sgt. Chuck Walker, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
edited by Meredith March, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production

A1C Cord

Imagine having to relearn all the things you learned as a kid: how to eat, how to walk and how to talk.

That’s exactly what Airman 1st Class Lori Cord has done in the nearly four months since acquiring Guillain-Barre syndrome: a debilitating, potentially fatal nerve disorder that temporarily paralyzed her from head to toe and caused excruciating pain throughout her body.

With help from her family and members of her squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Cord has infused her recovery with such determination and positivity that her first sergeant, Master Sgt. Keith Eberhardt, said, “She has the best attitude of anyone I’ve ever known.”

Though she isn’t quite back to 100 percent, Cord recently achieved a goal she and her doctors, physical therapists, family and colleagues have all been working toward for months: returning to work.

Click here for more on Cord’s incredible recovery.