This Year Is A Little Different

Every year at this time, I do take a moment to reflect on the things I am grateful for and recognize what I value as most important in my life.
Of course, I immediately think of my family, and the job that offers me the ability to change women’s lives.
This year, I am particularly grateful and I am putting more thought into the why. Last year at this time, we were getting excited for our big Thanksgiving plans, and the buzz in the office started to build. We anticipated the gathering of our loved ones in a robust celebration of food, laughter and acknowledgement of how grateful we are to be together.
This year, the picture is a little different. We are being told not to gather, to stay with your immediate family and to be careful. It makes sense, in a time where the pandemic we have experienced is getting it’s second legs. However, it does not take away from the fact that there is a little heaviness around this year’s festivities, as we all gather in our individual homes.
The year has pretty much flown by, not to anyone’s major disappointment. As I reflect on why I am especially grateful this year, I am reminded that this year we were taught to appreciate the little things like the freedom to travel, getting essential supplies, greeting someone with a hug, freely spending time with loved ones, and breathing in oxygen without a barrier. This year, my why has grown deeper. I am grateful surgery is an option again, and women who have serious medical issues have a life-changing solution. I am grateful the medical field is fervently searching for a solution for us to return to what we once referred to as normal. I am eternally grateful for my health and realizing how important it is to take care of myself and my body. I am grateful to breath air into my lungs freely.
The why is a little more meaningful this year. I appreciate you having the faith and trust in me to be your surgeon of choice. I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings and insight into your why you may feel especially grateful this year.