Between her three kids, a full-time job at an orthopedic hospital, and the occasional sand volleyball game, Andrea Kuester is a busy woman. A stroke in February temporarily sidelined the 39-year-old former college athlete, but her can-do attitude is proving key to her successful rehabilitation journey.
Like many patients, Melody Keup of North Platte, Nebraska, found hope and motivation in the stories of previous Madonna patients who had walked a similar path to hers. After surviving a stroke, her recovery at Madonna's Lincoln Campus was motivated by the calendar she found in her room. She met her goal to walk out of Madonna, with two calendars in tow.
Greg Loving began a life-long love affair with space when he was a young man growing up in Kansas. After landing a dream job at Blue Origins, he was on top of the world, until a rare condition caused a brain bleed that nearly proved fatal. After several surgeries, Greg and his family traveled half way across the country to Madonna's Lincoln Campus to begin his recovery process.
Celebrations surrounding the holiday season are meaningful to so many Madonna patients and staff, but they also present unique therapeutic opporunities for speech, occupational and physical therapists to incorporate into rehabilitation.