Coming back . . . one step at a time

Two and a half years ago Bob Taber was lying flat on his back in a hospital bed in the living room of his east Camarillo home. He couldn’t roll over. He couldn’t even scratch his nose.

Months after losing Betty, his soul mate and wife of 66 years in 2011, Taber had a severe stroke followed by pneumonia. He was in the hospital for six weeks. When he returned home, much of his world was reduced to the borders of a motorized hospital bed. He needed a hoist to lift him from the bed and into a wheelchair for doctor appointments. Continue reading this story by Rick Hazeltine on theacorn.com: Coming back . . . one step at a time

Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WORKOUT - Bob Taber, left, and personal trainer Kristen Clark pass a ball back and forth during a workout at Taber's Camarillo home on Dec. 28.

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WORKOUT – Bob Taber, left, and personal trainer Kristen Clark pass a ball back and forth during a workout at Taber’s Camarillo home on Dec. 28.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WARM-UP WALK - Personal trainer Kristen Clark, left, and Bob Taber go for a warm-up walk before Taber's physical therapy session on Dec. 28.

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WARM-UP WALK – Personal trainer Kristen Clark, left, and Bob Taber go for a warm-up walk before Taber’s physical therapy session on Dec. 28.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KEEPING STRONG - Bob Taber, left, works on his arms and shoulders with a resistance band with help from personal trainer Kristen Clark at Taber's Camarillo home on Dec. 28.

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KEEPING STRONG – Bob Taber, left, works on his arms and shoulders with a resistance band with help from personal trainer Kristen Clark at Taber’s Camarillo home on Dec. 28.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KEEPING STRONG - Bob Taber, left, works on his arms and shoulders with a resistance band with help from personal trainer Kristen Clark at Taber's Camarillo home on Dec. 28.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
KEEPING STRONG – Bob Taber, left, works on his arms and shoulders with a resistance band with help from personal trainer Kristen Clark at Taber’s Camarillo home on Dec. 28.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Bob Taber smiles while talking about his physical therapy sessions he does five days a week to recover from a stroke he suffered two years ago.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
Bob Taber smiles while talking about his physical therapy sessions he does five days a week to recover from a stroke he suffered two years ago.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HARD WORKOUTS - Bob Taber does lunges in his house with help from personal trainer Kristen Clark in Camarillo on Dec. 28.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
HARD WORKOUTS – Bob Taber does lunges in his house with help from personal trainer Kristen Clark in Camarillo on Dec. 28.

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