To HCI patients and staff, their loved ones, and our community,
For many of us, the last six weeks of the year is an exciting time of joy, happiness, and gratitude. A time for family, reflection, and hope. This time of year can also bring the trials we face into sharper focus, causing our burdens to feel heavier and more daunting, transforming them into something that seems impossible or unbearable. Whatever your personal circumstances or beliefs, we all have shared humanity and frailty.
Many of us were taught that no matter how bad it gets, it’s always worse for someone else. However true that may be, it doesn’t change the fact that what you’re facing is extremely difficult. It’s OK to struggle. To anyone feeling overwhelmed or lost, please know you are not alone. You are loved. There are others you love, and your love is extremely important to them.
There is hope for brighter and happier days. When I find myself struggling, I try to look for ways to lighten other’s burdens. A simple hello, wink, or smile, can really make a person’s day. Be sure to let others serve you too. We all need help at times, and you’re helping others when you let them help you.
Wishing you hope and love this holiday season,
Sean Strope, MPAS, PA-C
Sean Strope is an advanced practice clinician (APC) at HCI. APCs include licensed care providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, do physical exams, and provide other patient care.