Patient Story Follow-Up “Quilting Connection”

February 28th, 2018

It is not uncommon for a student to eventually become a teacher, coach or mentor, but occasionally the roles reverse and the teacher becomes the student.

In February 2009, Carla Shasteen was in a severe accident that resulted in her need for care at the Acute Rehab Center (ARC) at Herrin Hospital. Carla’s injuries required a team of doctors, nurses and therapists who worked with her to reach her goal of recovery as well as a personal goal – to quilt again. Speech Therapist, Tracy Dalton, was on Carla’s care team and helped her to speak again. At that point, neither Tracy nor Carla had any idea their paths would cross again years later.

Tracy wanted to make a quilt with some t-shirts for a family member, but there was one problem – she had no idea how to make a quilt. While researching quilting online, something interesting caught Tracy’s eye on Facebook. A class was being offered at John A. Logan College on making a memory quilt and when she read the instructor’s name, she was excited to learn it was Carla Shasteen. Tracy quickly registered for the course.

While Tracy was attending Carla’s quilting class, a thought came to her. “It struck me sitting there in class how much Carla has achieved and I had a part in helping her recover.” The roles of student and teacher don’t often reverse, but when they do it can be a very rewarding experience.

Carla enjoys teaching ladies how to plan and create memory quilts, but she enjoys the fact that she is able to provide this service, even more, thanks to her care team – including Tracy – at ARC.