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Celebrating My Mother
AND 5 YEARS OF STRETCH PHYSICAL THERAPY
How She Inspired Me to Star t the Cl inic
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives.” John 12:24
hormone replacement therapy, and a hundred different diet plans, but nothing brought her any kind of lasting relief.
At the time, I had only been a practicing physical therapist assistant for a couple of years and lacked the experience and wisdom to put all the disparate pieces of her condition together into a clear picture. A week before she passed away, we were talking on the phone. “You guys are in the medical field,” she told me. “You need to pull all this stuff together.” She was utterly confused after receiving so much conflicting information from so many people. “I resolved to open my own clinic, one that could pull the whole picture together, just like my mom said, and address pain and disease at their roots.” When she passed, I felt I had failed her. The medical system had left her in the dark, and she had no chance of recovery. So I resolved to open my own clinic, one that could pull the whole picture together, just like my mom said, and address pain and disease at their roots. I wanted to return hope to the hopeless and ensure those I served would never feel lost like my mother did in those final years. One day, after hearing my story, one of my patients brought me a piece of paper. On it was the Bible verse John 12:24. I still have it on my desk as a reminder of the purpose my work. Even though it’s been years, I still miss my mom every day. But when I look around at the clinic I’ve built with the support of many wonderful people, I feel hopeful. All I can say today is that I hope she would be proud of what I’ve accomplished with Stretch Physical Therapy, and of all the work I’ve done to help others overcome and prevent the same struggles she dealt with every day.
I’m happy to announce that this month marks the fifth anniversary of Stretch Physical Therapy! It feels incredible to say that, over the last half-
decade, we’ve transformed countless lives through natural treatment without medications or surgery. Of course, I could never have established the clinic without the
support of my amazing staff or our incredible patients who consistently refer their friends and family. But there’s one woman in particular I wish I could thank in person — the one who gave me a reason to start Stretch Physical Therapy in the first place: my mom.
My mother was one of the kindest, most wonderful people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. She always had time for others, whether you needed her savvy financial advice or were looking for someone to confide in.
In the last three years of her life, she suffered from what I now know was spinal stenosis. The problem just got worse and worse. She began to pass out when she leaned forward and was plagued by radiating pain all the way down her legs. Whenever she went anywhere with us, she’d take note of every chair around her in case she needed a brief respite from the incredible,
persistent aches she experienced.
My mom tried everything to escape her pain. Over those three years, she shuffled constantly between personal trainers, physicians, cardiologists, and dietitians, spending massive chunks of her time in waiting rooms to learn that, no, this medical professional couldn’t help her either. They prescribed her painkillers,
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