Allan W. Stevenson, DDS General Dentist
www.trailridgefamilydental.com 205 W. Highway 95, Parma, ID 83660
Selflessness and Service Something I Learned From My Mother and Stepmother
With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I’ve been reflecting on the two incredible maternal figures I’ve had throughout my life. Lynne, my mother, passed away in 1984 after a battle with breast cancer. I still think about her all the time, and she remains an inspiration to me. My stepmother, Linda, who is actually a breast cancer survivor herself, is another wonderful woman and a great asset to our family. My mom was a giving, selfless homemaker who was ever mindful of those around her. In addition to raising us, she babysat to provide additional income for our family. I remember her playing a big role in the lives of many young people, and she was unfailingly positive and supportive. Obviously, it was difficult to watch her experience an illness as severe as breast cancer, but she still made time to show her love for me, which I greatly appreciated and will never forget. Linda has been a member of the Stevenson family for over 25 years, and we’re lucky to have her. She came into my life during my later 20s, but she’s always been eager to build familial bonds. Whenever a grandchild has a birthday coming up, you can bet there will be a card in the mailbox from Grandma and Grandpa. Sometimes it can be hard for stepparents to integrate into a family unit, but my relationship with my stepmother has never been anything less than great. The selflessness that my mom demonstrated on a daily basis still has an impact on me to this day. I’m dedicated to serving those less fortunate than I am, and my mom was the same way. I know she would have been proud of our recent mission trip to Guatemala, which was an amazing experience I won’t soon forget.
I recently traveled to the country, along with Vernena and Shanell, and we were able to provide dentistry to native people who wouldn’t get treated otherwise. I’m so glad I could take along a few staff members because the trip became a real bonding experience for us.
It was a whirlwind visit, and a reminder of how blessed we are to live in this country. Most of the people we treated don’t have the means to meet basic needs we often take for granted. I’ll admit the dental days we participated in were very taxing, but they were also very rewarding. Many of the people we treated had infections we rarely see in our everyday patients. We did our best to do a little educating as well, but the language barrier was an issue. Though I know Spanish, many residents speak a local dialect, which means that we had to use a translator in order to convey information to the locals. Even without being able to communicate directly, I think we were still able to share some valuable tips. The folks we treated demonstrated a gratitude that was moving to all of us. Giving a little of yourself to others is something everyone should experience. I know I value whatever small impact I can make on the lives of those in need. My mom and stepmother shared this value, and I owe a lot to both of them for making service a meaningful part of my life.
– Dr. Stevenson
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