This is a pivotal time for our country, where in one day everything can change. Perhaps, as an individual, you've had "that day", after which nothing was the same again.
For me, it's been an uphill journey since "that day" in the operating room at Anderson Mercy Hospital. Usually the OR was bustling with activity, the music playing, with friendly banter as we worked hard using our skills to cure a patient. But that day the room was unearthly quiet, except for the beeping of the machines and the swoosh-swoosh of the respirator. The second hand ticked. The hot lights overhead beat upon us, glaring, while the anesthesiologist glared at me. My two surgical assistants, the scrub nurse, and my sleeping patient waited for my left hand to relax from spasm.
My hand recovered after a few minutes so that I could finish the procedure successfully but I knew, “that day”, all those years of training, two decades of surgical practice, and many months of working through my own hand pain to cure my patients were coming to an end.
“That day” in your life may have been far more tragic than my abruptly ended career and I hope you can tell me your story and how you recovered from it one day.
I figure we have two choices when we hit rock bottom, whether as an individual or as a country. We can sit in the dust and cry, complain, and do nothing or we can stand up, dust ourselves off, do an about-face, and find new opportunities for action and service. My opportunity was volunteering for a veterans organization called Team River Runner. Team River Runner is a national organization of more than 50 local chapters that uses kayaking as a recreational tool for veterans suffering from PTSD, chronic homelessness and substance abuse, and severe disability. Kayaking, surprisingly, works for vets and seven years of volunteerism has worked for me.
My entire career, both as a Gynecologic surgeon and a volunteer to veterans, was spent listening with care, empathizing with those I didn’t necessarily agree with, distilling complex problems down to workable solutions, and making difficult decisions in highly stressful situations. I believe that the listening/empathizing/diagnosing/solving process works for patients, for veterans...and for constituents.
I wish to be your voice to help you, my neighbors, regain your rightful seat at the table in Washington. We the People have lost our power; have been entirely forgotten as our so-called "Representatives" have prioritized the wealthy and well-connected. Its time, its "that day", for We the People to stand up, dust ourselves off, and take back our power!
To that end, I want to truly listen to all constituents, try to find common values, and work together for our families health, wealth, education, and safety. We must demand affordable, quality healthcare for all. We must demand a living wage for working families. We must enact policy in a way that is kind to the earth and its peoples and ensures our pledge of liberty and justice for all. That would be a big change for Ohio's Second (to none) Congressional district!
This effort, to relieve the current corrupt administration of duty, is one we all must take on. I cannot do this alone. I need your support both financially and as a volunteer to help me in the fight to "boot" the Tea Party Podiatrist so-called “representative” who has corporate PAC money stuffed in his back pockets. His voting record against aid to hurricane victims in Texas and Puerto Rico, to remove 24 million Americans from healthcare insurance, to give tax relief to the billionaire class at the expense of working families, and his vote against net neutrality tells of his indifference to the citizens of our district and beyond.
Please become part of Team Everhard. Let's make this happen together.
I'm Dr Janet Everhard, with your help, your next Congresswoman, and I say, We the People for a Change!
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