Crestview woman can walk again following bout with paralysis

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Britainy Pate, and her husband Bryant are celebrating the fact that she can walk on her own after conversion disorder confined her to a wheelchair for more than a year.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Britainy Pate is on her feet again following a year of paralysis.

Conversion disorder — often caused by psychological conflict — can present neurological symptoms such as vision impairment, seizures and, in Britainy's case, paralysis.

But that’s all behind her now.

"I can walk now and I can drive," the 27-year-old said. "To overcome this is a magnificent feat; it is nothing short of a miracle." 

Regaining feeling in her legs didn't happen overnight, she said. Britainy’s condition steadily improved through therapy sessions and exercises around the apartment. 

Recovery requires being stress-free, she said, adding she regularly meets with a stress counselor.

The paralysis took its toll on her family, including Britainy’s husband, Bryant, her two daughters and a stepson. 

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