A Quickie Life Story: Bob Swiney

A Quickie Life Story: Bob Swiney

From the moment I met Bob Swiney almost four years ago, one of his attributes I admired most was his genuine desire to be a positive light in the lives of every individual he encounters. Bob is known for being easy to talk to and providing great advice. He will stop what he is doing immediately to lend a helping hand to his family, friends, and colleagues. Everyone who has had the opportunity to meet Bob will tell you that he has a solid perspective on life and doesn’t let little struggles get to him, which is essential for leading a joyful life.

A few weeks ago when we were working together in Tennessee I asked Bob if he would share his “Quickie Life Story” with our readers:

In the summer of 1978 Bob was in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in a L1 complete spinal cord injury (SCI). At the time Bob was in between his freshman and sophomore year of college at Missouri State University (MSU). Due to the timing of the injury, Bob was forced to miss the fall semester of 1978 at school. However, he made it very clear to his family and treatment team at his rehabilitation hospital that he had every intention of returning to MSU as soon as possible.

While Bob was working hard to prepare for his discharge from the hospital, his fraternity brothers and friends spent the time he was away from college working to make a house accessible for Bob to live in with them when he returned to college. To this day Bob is extremely thankful to his friends for the role they played in helping to ensure he was able to not only return to school, but also able to live with them. Despite the initial recommendations and beliefs of the hospital staff, Bob did in fact returned to MSU and earned his degree in marketing.

Bob Swiney hanging out with fellow SUnrise Medical colleagues, Tom McGrenery (left) and Millard Foraker (right)

Bob Swiney hanging out with fellow Sunrise Medical colleagues, Tom McGrenery (left) and Millard Foraker (right)

Bob now lives with his wife (Amy) and twins (Hannah and Garrett) just outside of Dallas, Texas. Everyone in his household is in the midst of preparing for a change in their season of life. Twins Garrett and Hannah are seniors in high school and making big decisions about their futures. Bob and Amy are also preparing to enter a brand new phase of life as empty nesters, but are excited for what the future holds for everyone.

Favorite Color
Cardinal Red

Favorite Movies
Lonesome Dove and Field of Dreams

How do you like to spend your free time?
I love spending time with my family and friends! As the proud father of two very active teenagers, the majority of my free time in recent years has been spent coaching and/or watching my son and daughter (twins) participate in various sports; baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, golf, track, lacrosse, etc. When the entire family is looking to relax, we like to travel to our family’s lake house to spend time with our friends and extended family, hanging out, grilling outdoors, and on the water. In addition I enjoy volunteering at my church in various capacities.

Who would you most like to see in concert?
The Eagles, with Glenn Fry!

What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
My marriage and twins! Also my almost 25 years working for a great company, Sunrise Medical!

If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would it be and where would you go?
It would be great to travel to Key West and have dinner with Jimmy Buffett.

What is your dream vacation?
With my family at the beach, mountains, or our family lake house.

How did you meet your best friend?
My wife, Amy, is my best friend. We met when she started working at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX. We have had so much fun together raising our kids, traveling, and spending time together. We are about to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in April and I can’t wait for the next 24!

Who inspires you?
My parents inspire me. They have been for married 63 years!! Both of them have been a great influence on not only my life, but also on the lives of my brother and two sisters. They have always made it a top priority to be there for their children and to give back to their community by volunteering. In addition my dad is a 92-year-old War World II veteran who proudly served our country.

What does living life without limits mean to you?
Just going for it, and not letting anyone tell you that you can’t do something due to your situation!!

Thank you for reading our blog! We love hearing from you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We encourage you to leave a comment or send us an email at NAMarketing2@sunmed.com.

Always remember at the end of the day, your client is your number one priority!
- Angie

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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.


Posted by: Date: 2/26/2016 1:43:22 PM
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