“Another year gone by… how quickly they fly (just ask me!).
I just want to say thank you for all you have done for me. I feel like a different person since I’ve been seeing you. Pain is not fun and you’ve made it go away. Needless to say, you have made such a difference in my day-to-day life. Plus, visiting you and your staff is always a positive experience.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for you and belief in you.
“By Sept. 3, I was in so much pain I couldn’t shop, cook, or clean for more than 10 minutes at a time. In order to get rid of my garbage, I had to walk 15 steps to the trunk of my car and drive it to the end of the driveway. You can imagine how much pain I was in when you realize I know it took 15 steps to get to the trunk of my car. I wasn’t sleeping and I had lost 15 lbs. (The weight loss was a good thing, but “The Excurciating Pain Diet” isn’t the way to do it!)
On Sept. 4, I got up at 2 A.M. in order to get to the airport in time to catch the plane to Atlanta. I arived at the Gensis Center, and the rest is history! Today, Oct. 4, I am able to go wherever I want. I can shop, cook and clean as much as I want. I can go out to lunch with my friends. This is all thanks to you all. I wish I could tell you how very grateful I am. Every morning I go for a walk, rain or shine, around my condo complex. I take that time to thank God and ask Him to bless you. I am getting better every day.
“Dear Dr. Sloan,
In the past couple of visits we have had, I have neglected to verbalize something I have been carrying with me and intending to share. It seems that despite the many adjustments you have been able to help me make, stabilizing my inability to be a “pillar of strength” is just one I will have to continue to work on.
For some reason, beginning to find the words to say “thank you” invariably puts a lump in my throat and leaves me speechless (I know that sounds almost inconceivable!). So, I have left you on at least two occasions without completing what I had intended. Now I am resorting to my favorite form of communication and writing what I meant to say.
When I came to you a couple of years ago, I hardly recognized the person I had become. As I indicated to you, I had an arm’s length list of complaints and really wasn’t feeling very comfortable in my own skin. While I was creating a picture of my many issues, I had to stand for awhile as my hip was also adding to my discomfort. It was at that moment that you “took me on” and began a process of healing unlike I have ever experienced.
Through your diligence, insight, knowledge and compassion you have prevented a very negative spiral from continuing to spin downward and you have instead, totally turned me around. Through many months of therapeutic care, you saw me through times when I was so uncomfortable in such pain that I wasn’t sure I would ever be “me” again. I had found many coping skills and ways to compensate but realized changes occurring that were becoming insurmountable.
It was very unsettling for me to put myself in anyone’s hands and find the confidence and trust that I came to know in you. As I once mentioned to Stacie, you have a gift and I am so grateful to have been on the receiving end of your talents.
Because of the foundation you have helped me create in wellness, I have been able to move forward with minimal maintenance. With you, I have been able to guide my family and we all have developed life long habits that are invaluable.
I truly appreciate all that you have done in helping me and healing me and providing such a nurturing environment at a time when it was so needed. Although many of my visits were difficult while we worked through the process, you and everyone in your office made me feel comforted. Stacie and the staff are a reflection of what you have created.
So, you may understand now that I had quite a bit to relay and really didn’t feel equipped to make that happen while I sat with you. I appreciate all that you have done and needed for you to know that. Although we’re moving away, I look forward to keeping in touch and hopefully have you continue to keep me on track.
I’m sure I’ll see you soon,