Stretch PT & Total Wellness - May 2019

May 2019

513-874-8800 www.stretchphysicaltherapy.com Painless News

2 Locations:

3143Western Row Rd Maineville, Ohio 45039

4851WunnenbergWay West Chester, Ohio 45069

Being Mom and Grandma

Growing up in a small town with little money, my family had to persevere and make do with what we could. So, when I became a single mother to two teenagers, it wasn’t unlike anything I had to do before. Thankfully, my ex-husband was very involved and we worked together to make sure our children had everything they needed, and I was driven for my kids, schooling, and career. Today, I’m proud of the people my children have become. Without my oldest child, Rich, there’s no way Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness would be where it is today. We couldn’t function without him. Rich does the IT work for our clinic and a local hospital, and I’m so proud of everything he has achieved in his career and personal life. Rich and his wife, Marissa, are raising three kids: Bradyn, Hollis, and our newest grandchild and first granddaughter, Lilah. It’s been wonderful watching them become parents, and being a grandma is fabulous. Because of our busy schedules, we don’t get to spend as much time together as we would like, but I can’t even begin to explain the love I have for these little grandkids. Your whole life revolves around their happiness as you watch them grow. HowMy Kids Continue to Make Me Proud

from three years ago when her spontaneous fainting caused grave concern. After a POTS diagnosis and the addition of her service dog, Nora, Megan has improved and grown. In fact, she recently went six weeks without passing out — her longest stretch since she began showing symptoms of POTS. Both of my children have always amazed me with their care for others. Rich will work late into the night to find a solution to someone’s technology concerns, while Megan always wanted to help people through the medical field. Their concern for others has always reminded me of another prominent figure in my life: my mom. Mom was a financial expert who would frequently help others with their monetary planning and concerns. Well-known for her baking, like wedding cakes and delectable apple pies, Mom was never short on projects for her friends. It wasn’t uncommon for us to come home to icing flowers in the freezer or to see her helping someone with their finances. My mom taught me the tremendous value in helping others, and her three-year struggle with spinal stenosis toward the end of her life motivated me to serve others through Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness. I always tell people that losing her motivated me to open this clinic, but the lessons she taught me every day were the foundation that inspiration was built on.

As for my youngest child, I’m proud to announce that Megan has qualified for her Ph.D. and will be studying

atherosclerosis (plaque build- up in the arteries), and she’s been asked to assist on a new study for Alzheimer’s. When she was a little girl, I would take Megan with me to work or to the aerobics

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness, and I hope you take the time to thank the mothers in your life this month.

classes I taught, so I always joke that she was destined for health care. Megan has come a long way

–Kim Nartker

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