Back pain’s insights into love and compassion

Michelle Cooley (second from right) with Akron Aeros players, staff and Orbit.

I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am for chronic low back pain! It might sound crazy, but it’s true. Besides helping me see the love and passion I have for people with injuries or diseases, I am so excited that God also used my back pain to bring me to Akron Children’s Hospital – as a therapy patient, and also as a volunteer this summer.

Patient gives back through volunteering


Akron Children’s Hospital has played a vital role in my life. At age 2 I was hospitalized here with a broken femur. In 2008 I found out I had scoliosis. I tried a chiropractor to fix it with exercises and back adjustments, but the curvature rapidly increased. A few months after finding out I had […]