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The Week That Was: May 6-10

By Paul Roberts

May 10, 2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

In these stressful times it’s important to monitor your own health in order to be at your best for your family, your team and your patients. You could say we need a Mental Awareness Lifestyle but since the calendar focuses on monthly themes, we will shine the light while we can. Admitting need or asking for help is not a cultural norm but try to be kind to yourself and reach out when you sense the need. Reaching out could take several different shapes. Here are some resources from the ADA and MDA that you may wish to keep for reference. Here’s to better health for all.

Happy Mother’s Day

Where would we be without mothers? They do all the hard work of pregnancy, labor and delivery before beginning the daily grind of nurturing, teaching, and loving us. You’re never too old to thank your mother and your children are never too old to stop feeling like a mother. This has been a big year in the MDA for babies and mothers. Stacey Hemmel’s daughter, Cassie (and husband Hunter), gave birth to Ryland last summer. Vicki Wilbers’ son, Ryan, and his wife Jayme, recently gave birth to Weston, and Halie Payne and her husband, Kaleb, welcomed Monroe to the family last fall. It’s an embarrassment of riches and “too cutes”. Regardless of where you are on the scale – child, mother, grandmother, etc., be sure to celebrate the wonder of motherhood and thank them!

The Week Ahead

The drone of training for the new association management system continues as staff frequently have their doors closed while they concentrate on learning. It’s going to be cool eventually but it’s tedious at the moment. Also, the headquarters is almost finished being newly painted. Come see your staff and your MDA headquarters and the EFDA Training Center and the MDIS offices. We’d love to show you around. I’ll be out for a little vacation off and on for the end of May so who knows when the blog will return. Just keep watching.

Quote of the Week

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” – Lance Conrad