‘She was not letting anything stop her’: LPS counselor recovers from stroke

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Lincoln High School guidance counselor is recovering from a stroke in time to see her students graduate. 

Rebecca Tegeler has been with the district for more than 10 years. In March, she suffered a stroke, which started as just a headache.

“It was a normal Sunday; we were getting ready for spring break,” she said.

Tegeler has been practicing her own lesson of perseverance with the help of therapists at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in Lincoln. 

When Tegeler arrived at Madonna, she was in a wheelchair, but now she’s walking on her own. 

“She just wanted to figure everything out, and she was not letting anything stop her,” occupational therapist Emily Adams said. 

Tegeler, a single mother, said her motivations were being able to help her children and getting back to work with her students.

“I have a 17-year-old and a 12-year-old and a really dumb dog,” she said, “so I wanted to get home with them.” 

The medical professionals working with her say her positive attitude has helped her recover quickly.

Like Tegeler, therapists at Madonna want to bring awareness to this issue.

“Strokes can happen in all age groups, even from babies and all the way up to elderly adults,” Grant Baker said. 

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