What We're Thankful for in 2017
Thanksgiving is approaching fast...
so we thought that some of us from Dr. McVey's office would write about the things that we're thankful for this year.
2017 has definitely been one of my most challenging years. With the loss of my mother last fall, I experienced a lot of heartache. My husband having a serious medical condition and not knowing what the outcome was going to be, had me a little crazy at times. I would have to say through all of that I have witnessed some beautiful things. Some of my friends and family members came together to help in any way that they could and with their support we got through it all. So I would have to say I am very thankful for my family and friends. I carry a special love for them in my heart always!
This special group of people is what I am most thankful for. My husband, Dr. McVey, has been the love of my life for over 36 years. My four children and two grandchildren are such a blessing and joy. I am also thankful for my extended family and friends. I am very grateful for all the material blessings that I enjoy, such as a warm home and garage when the cold weather hits, and for air conditioning when it is not. I am thankful for a wonderful place to work, with a great team, and for our patients. I am thankful to live in the USA where we have freedom of worship and all the other freedoms that we take for granted.
This Thanksgiving, I am very thankful to God for how He has provided for me through the good times, and comforted me in the hard times.
This past year gives me so much to be thankful for. On April 30th, my husband was working with his crew to restore power when he suffered a broken pelvis from a fall. I am forever grateful for the nurses, doctors, and surgeons who took such good care of him. I am forever grateful for our family, our friends, and our line family who stepped in to do anything they possibly could to help us. Most of all, I am incredibly thankful to have my husband, and to have him healed and healthy. God’s grace is sufficient, and He is so, so good. And I am thankful for my dog and cat too!
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I have truly been blessed with great family , friend , church family and my job. At the top of my list of course is this little guy! I thank God everyday for allowing me to be Westyn's Momma!
One of my favorite all-time holiday movies is “White Christmas” with Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, and Danny Kaye. Irving Berlin wrote the wonderful music for this movie. The lyrics to one of the songs Bing sings to Rosemary Clooney go something like this:
When you’re worried and cannot sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.
What a beautiful and touching moment that is, and what a great way to live our lives.
When I count my blessings over the past year I have so much for which to be grateful. I have a beautiful and loving wife. I have three lovely daughters that are making their way in the world, my son is embarking on his college career. I’m very proud of my children. I have two grandkids who are the very joy of my life. I get to come to work every day surrounded by a great staff that I tremendously appreciate and enjoy. I am grateful for my patients who allow me to be a part of their lives. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have to learn more about myself, my patients, and my profession. I am grateful for the opportunity I had this summer to travel with my wife and son through Europe, visiting landmarks I had only read about before (and we got to sing in many of those places as well). I am blessed with many, many good friends. All in all, I am a very fortunate guy. If I followed Bings advice and counted all my blessings, I might never get to sleep because it would take me all night to count every one of those blessings!
My health has been worsening over the past five years, and I've had to make many changes out of necessity, It is quite humbling to have to move back home at 31-years-old. But when you're health is declining due to a complicated and life-threatening disease (cystic fibrosis) and you're a single mom to two young children, you have few options available to you. Just in case you didn't know, Dr. McVey and Becky are my parents. They help out with my kiddos when I'm not feeling well, provided me with a job and a place to live. I am very thankful for them.
This past year, I've been in the hospital twice. Each hospital stay lasted for about two weeks. I was even in the hospital on my birthday for the very first time. But my parents, kids, and friends surprised me with a spontaneous birthday. While the hospital is one of the last places you usually want to celebrate a birthday, I can honestly say it was one of my best birthdays. My community made an otherwise dreary experience an amazing day. There's alot to complain about when it comes to how cystic fibrosis has robbed from me. Yet it's also because of my health problems that the truest friends and loved ones have rallied around me in my darkest times. My community is what helps keep my spirits elevated, and that is what I am most thankful for this year.