TIP of the WEEK: Being Thankful

Well here it is―the biggest food holiday of the year right around the corner. While we spend the next few days planning, worrying, and trying our hardest to make a stressful event go smoothly, I encourage you to find the good and be thankful for everything that you have.

As you can imagine, this time of year is our most challenging and in an effort to minimize my own stress, I wrote out my list of what I am most thankful for:

1. I am thankful that our kids and adults have a place like Latham Centers―a place where people with extra special needs can flourish and grow in an environment of safety, love, and understanding. So many people living with rare diseases are left to manage complex needs and multiple challenges with no access to specialized care. I am thankful that our loved ones have Latham.

2. I am thankful for our parents and families who entrust the care of their children to us. We are better people for having worked with your children; and we do not take that relationship for granted. Thank you.

3. I am thankful for our staff that come to work every day with passion and creativity. I am filled with pride when I see how incredibly hard our staff work and how excited they become when they witness growth and success in our children and adults.

4. But mostly I am thankful for the smiles that greet me every morning. Smiles from students and adults who wake up every day facing unimaginable odds with bravery and courage.

My time in the world of PWS has run the gamut from being awe inspiring to downright humbling. The individuals with PWS have taught me that no challenge is too big, and to never, ever give up and to never assume that you have seen it all. And for that I am eternally thankful.

Please take some time this week and take note of the good.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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