Ann Tillery described her experiences through the continuum of care at Madonna.
The integrated approach from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital to Madonna Proactive Health and Fitness is what prompted my interest in joining. I felt fortunate to live near Madonna ProActive following my rehabilitation to be able to take advantage of ProActive’s thoughtful approach to wellness following illness. Madonna ProActive is a true community asset.
I had lingering problems from a brain tumor and breast cancer back-to-back, then recurrent breast cancer. My brain felt like a BB in a frying pan; my thoughts and actions were all over the place. I could not concentrate nor stay focused. I was referred to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital by UNMC for neuropsychology and speech therapy in 2011. Following these therapies, I utilized rehabilitative individualized pool therapy following my struggle with recurrent breast cancer/reconstruction to regain mobility and strength.
Now I regularly take yoga at ProActive. Several neurologists suggested yoga to me as a way to calm anxiety, gain focus and build strength. For me, the practice is so much more and has become part of my wellness routine for the past three years. Yoga's healing and nurturing qualities are at the core of Madonna ProActive. It's a place where I feel rejuvenated and centered as I continue my lifetime wellness journey.
I have utilized additional services at ProActive. When my grandson visits, we enjoy the pool area and water sprays. He is five years old and the children's pool is fantastic. He’s also enjoyed the childcare play center while I'm attending yoga. He can play or watch his favorite movie while I keep to my routine.
Madonna has given me the strength to refocus my life and give back to the larger community as an advocate for Alzheimer's and other dementias. My personal experience post brain tumor and present rehabilitation has been a matter of mind, memories, clarity, strength and routine; powerful words which also give hope to others going through life-alternating challenges.
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