Laura and Tom Corl
Fate and Rehabilitation Brings a Couple Together
Nittany Valley kicked off National Rehabilitation Week by hearing from a patient and his wife who shared an interesting story about how rehabilitation played a role in their happy marriage.
Laura and Tom Corl, of Howard, Pennsylvania, met in the winter of 2010. They were both inpatients at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. Laura was 74 at the time; Tom was 83. “I broke my foot on Thanksgiving 2010, and I came to HealthSouth Nittany Valley for rehabilitation,” explains Laura. “One day at lunchtime, the nurse took me in my wheelchair to the dining table, where I was seated across from Tom.”
“A few of us who had therapy and meals together every day started talking, and getting to know each other,” Laura says. “Some of us decided to stay in touch after we were discharged back to our homes; we wrote notes to each other and talked on the phone.”
Laura says, “Tom called me for six months before I agreed to have dinner with him!” They had their first date on June 22, 2011. “One year to the day later, we were married,” she says.
The Corls are especially proud of how well their blended family came together to support their marriage. Together, the Corls have 12 children, 31 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. “From the time we were married, everyone in the family just treated us like mom and dad,” says Laura.
Tom recently came back to HealthSouth Nittany Valley for rehabilitation. He and Laura, 90 and 81 respectively, shared their story with the HealthSouth Nittany Valley team; some staff remembered them from their stays seven years ago.
“Both of us agree that this is the happiest we have ever been in all of our lives,” Laura says.” “We don’t argue; it’s just a nice, happy life we have together.”