I was recently copied in on a thank you by a person that many of you know. The author of this letter is someone I’ve mentioned in this blog before and she’s truly an inspiration for all of us.
As a prelude to your weekend, I hope you enjoy this letter…and by the way, the author has no idea I’ve shared it!
December 22, 2013
Dearest Mr. Wertz and fellow administrators,
As the year comes to an end and before the arrival of a new year, I would like to reflect upon a portion of my past year’s experiences. 2013 began as any other year, with a list of resolutions to better myself. Who knew that in a matter of weeks those so-called self improving resolutions would go by the wayside? In February, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, a surprising and devastating diagnosis that seemed to come out of nowhere. I give credit to Dr. Ken Holt and Dr. James Clouse for their quick action and expertise that in all reality saved my life. Amy Lutjen and Michelle Schmidt were also involved during this process. During the diagnostic phase, Kristal Moran and Megan Cunningham were gracious to accommodate my work schedule around numerous doctor appointments and tests, all the while keeping my diagnosis private until I was ready to share my news with others.
In March, during a staff meeting, I shared my unexpected health crisis with the rest of the cardiac rehab gang. Marla Love and Monica Miller were my immediate prayer warriors. Laura Parks and Emmi Smith sent positive and encouraging messages my way on several occasions as well. Prior to my chemotherapy, I needed a last-minute echocardiogram. Narin Clouse, Selena Fritts, Dr. Eric Hockstad and Dr. Timothy Blackburn all collaborated without hesitation to assist me. Although I was an employee, I felt this example of quick and concise scheduling, testing and interpretation would have been performed regardless.
The staff of the Cardiology Clinic including Jane Klinksick, Cami Lewis and Jamie Arwood were also very supportive. Cards and phone calls too numerous to count as well as delicious meals are a few gestures these women shared with me as well as the Cardiac Rehab Staff.
Before my double mastectomy in August, the Human Resource department assisted me with all of the confusing and overwhelming processes of “FMLA” and short-term disability. Skyla, Alma and Roger eased my concerns and helped me understand what benefits were available, which gave me peace of mind during my time off after surgery.
Throughout the various phases of my disease, (diagnosis, treatment, surgery and healing), my GVMH family was there every step of the way. Bridgette Loyd even trimmed my hair as it was growing back! So, as I look back on the past year, I am thankful for my job, my coworkers, and the second chance I was given to treat others as I have been treated.