During this season of thankful reflection I would like to share my thoughts on my health and this place I call “home.”

It began last May when my primary care doctor who has been concerned about my high cholesterol readings suggested some additional testing, which ultimately lead to triple bypass surgery in late July. How can one not be grateful to have a medical facility as great at the Reid Heart Center?

From the pre-op meeting, to the five-hour surgery and subsequent stay in the Intensive Care Unit, the professional and committed concern of the doctors, nurses, aides and staff contributed to my positive recovery in a superb heart facility.

As an extension of my care, the FirstHealth Fitness Center’s Cardiac Rehab has become a regular part of my heart healthy regime. It is affording me a chance to improve my physical and mental well being as I become a stronger 77-year-old. For all of those involved, I will forever be in their debt.

Also, my wonderful loving and patient husband is due a HUGE “thank you” for his constant care, concern, courage and cooking while his sometimes-stubborn Irish wife recovered.

During the past few months and for obvious reasons, I focused on local politics in Pinehurst and surrounding towns. I’m grateful to The Pilot for sharing relevant information concerning the recent elections in many towns in Moore County.

As a village resident, I was particularly interested in the Pinehurst election and was very appreciative of the Pinehurst Civic Group, which conducted an informative and unbiased forum for the candidates. I was proud to see a large turnout for this event and grateful to all of the candidates for their revealing positions and realistic concern for the village.

As a long-standing member of the Pinehurst Country Club, I am thankful to its owner, Robert Dedman, for the vision he has promoted through the upgrading and expansion of his property. Golf opportunities vary from challenging to fun, affording chances to be competitive or relaxed. The social benefits to the Club offer many members the opportunity to enjoy varied venues, different programs, and opportunities to form new friendships

Finally, I must thank more than 250 parishioners of Sacred Heart Church who recently labored for one week to make the annual Elphie Sale, a hugely popular white elephant sale, the biggest ever. As a result of their efforts, scholarships will be awarded to Sandhills Community College for students from the Church’s mission in Robbins, new drinking wells that will be dug for needy towns in Uganda, and more than 12 local charities from the Arc of Moore County to Prancing Horse that benefit from this humanitarian effort.

I’m so grateful that my heart is healthy, that my town is full of concerned citizens, that I’m able to take advantage of a social and sports facility in that town, and that my church community is one in which helpfulness is a priority.

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