Iowa Specialty Hospital

Thoughts from Holly

September 13, 2018

Yesterday our new Nutrition Services Director for ISH came to meet the staff.  Suffice it to say prior to the meeting there was a lot of angst and fear of what he would be like and if he even existed.  I feel after both meetings in Belmond and Clarion, the staff felt much better and asked him a lot of great questions.  He even had a few clap for him as he was leaving.  The unknown and change is always hard, but as each of our screens now say “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”  Keep this in mind in your daily life both at work and in your personal life.  We all have our own challenges and change is inevitable, and how you embrace and tackle these obstacles is up to you to decide.

A few weeks ago I had a cousin’s 9 year old daughter, Elayna, pass away from a hard fought battle from cancer for the last 4 ½ years.  Here is what Elayna’s uncle Ted shared on his Facebook page that I would like to challenge each of you with….

Uncle Sparkles, yes that’s me, has a heavy heart.  By now most of you know my niece and her long fight with cancer ended this morning.  I’m appreciative of all the calls and messages with condolences, the network of support here is overwhelming.  Our family is surrounded by loved ones.

Everyone says “let us know if we can do anything,” and I have a few requests:

Make amends with someone in your life if you’re at odds.  Life is short, really really short.

Love your kids.  Every day, love your kids.

Do something nice for someone in honor of Elayna.  That’s what my niece would do.  And she did.  Think about that for a moment.  This young lady spent a portion of her short life helping others.  She even received an award for her philanthropy.  Do something nice for someone.

Always stay humble and kind.

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