Thoughts From Rita
I can’t thank you all enough for all the cards, gifts, thoughts and especially the prayers as I beat this cancer. The six weeks of radiation and chemo has, hopefully, shrunk the tumor. We won’t know until the next MRI is done which won’t be for a few months. Prior to that, the doctor’s have suggested I do six weeks of overall chemo just to be sure the cancer is gone. I am not thrilled about this, which would begin in mid-January, but as one of our lovely older adults said, “You have to do what you have to do!”
 
There is so much love and caring I feel from all of you that I know I’ll get through this and be back to my old self in no time. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
 
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our staff here at the Senior Center. Kitty has stepped into the roll of Director during my absence and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all she does. In addition, Lynn, Tim, Shelly, Emily, Tim and Ralph have also taken on additional assignments and roles. Our city administration has been extremely supportive to all of us here at the Senior Center and we appreciate their caring. This is when you really are grateful for the people working with you!
 
I am so thankful for all of you and the work we do here at the Senior Center. We are so blessed with all our volunteers, those who come here, those we are here to serve, the city administration, and our community. There is no other place I would rather be at this point in my career than the North Ridgeville Senior Center and working with our wonderful volunteers, the staff and those who come through our doors each day. We also have a tremendous amount of support from our local organizations and businesses in the City of North Ridgeville and Lorain County. The support we receive is wonderful and we could not do all we do without our volunteers and the community support. Please see page 13 for a list of all those groups/clubs/organizations/businesses that have helped us make 2017 such a wonderful year for our older adults!
 
Of course another blessing in my life is my wonderful family. On December 15 I celebrated my 14th anniversary as Director of the Office for Older Adults. In that time, you have seen my children grow and become a young man and women. Will grew from a preschooler to a freshman at the University of Dayton. Bethany has matured from a fourth grader at St. Peter School to a full-time staff member at the Friendship Animal Protective League and loving it! Andrea has grown from a sixth grader at St. Peter to beginning her third year working in public health with the Lorain County General Health District. Andi and her husband Paul live in their own home in Elyria. Lastly, I have to mention my wonderful husband Bill who has been my rock through the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. I couldn’t have asked for better support. I love him from the bottom of my heart.
 
As we begin 2018, I am truly Blessed and I thank you all so much for being special blessings to me.
 
May God Bless you all in the coming year!
Rita
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