by Diane “Dee” Cole
Pittsboro, NC – Although words cannot adequately describe my gratitude, I want to thank this caring community for its outpouring of support during the past year. I am physically unable to write thank you notes or make many phone calls. So, I hope my Chatham County friends will find and share this note of appreciation.
A little over a year ago, I suffered a catastrophic fall in Amsterdam, endured several surgeries there, and returned a month later as a bedridden paraplegic. My children and two friends came to be with me, and the Netherlands provided marvelous compassionate healthcare. Through Pittsboro contacts, I made new friends there who cheered me on and surprised me with homemade food & even a violin serenade. Right from the beginning, you sent prayers, cards and expressions of love and concern. Caring Bridge provided a steady stream of your comments that uplifted everyone, not just me.
After arriving at UNC-CH Rehab, close friends and acquaintances formed a 24-7 support team. Love came my way through the staff, and even children of staff, family, and the community of Pittsboro and out-of-state friends. I received a huge get-well banner from my grandchildren’s Woods Charter School. It stretched all across one wall & made me smile every day. There was a constant flow of visits, flowers, gifts, & ingenious ways to manage personal care. Loving acts included peaceful music, poetry, massage therapy, a soothing harp serenade, handmade adaptive clothing, healthy meals, and visits and gifts from my favorite Pittsboro businesses. I consider these overwhelming acts of kindness to be a huge factor in my progress.
I am now part of the Pittsboro Twin Rivers community where staff, friends & family continue to be part of my healing and hope. While I don’t feel lucky that this debilitating event happened, I feel more than lucky for all the love and care from this community.
Thank you all.