Happy New Year

Posted on January 1, 2016

2016 IS HERE!

As 2015 draws to a close, one could say that we’re looking forward to the fresh start that 2016 will bring! With today being the last day of this rollercoaster of a twelve months, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on a few things (you may need a coffee while you read my essay!!).

To begin with and most importantly, I would like to thank all of our patients for your support throughout the year. In Gympie, if you’re doing something right, people will talk! Word of mouth referrals are our number one source of new patients. Having only been open for eighteen months, we are incredibly proud of this.

The toughest thing to manage this year has been the fact that Adam has been booked a month ahead for a long time. As much as it shows how good he is as a dentist, our number one objective is to see patients in a timely manner. One change that you will notice at the practice in 2016 is that we will have another fantastic dentist joining us! Dr Jessica Powell is starting with us in January and is looking forward to meeting our beautiful patients for herself. As always, we will have same-day pain appointments available for those dental emergencies that arise – we want to see you when it is convenient for you.

On a personal note, we have been thrown some definite curve balls in our lives away from the practice this year. I have spent a lot of time in hospital and at medical appointments, with Adam holding down the ship that is the practice. It has been challenging for everyone involved but we have simply tried to take each day as it has come. There have been days of tears and moments of laughter as well. We try to not take life too seriously – Adam’s running joke is that he describes my hair growing back as “sprouts” – similar to the grassheads that children make (Google them if you’re not familiar – it’s worth it!!).

I would love to thank our beautiful friend Stephanie who helped manage our hygiene department during this time and saw patients for us. Thank you for driving up from the Sunshine Coast – our patients just loved you – one described you as “a hoot” haha!

Thank you to our gorgeous staff members. Lisa, Elke, Sarah, Jade and Chloe – you’re all gems and I am so appreciative of all that you have done.

We feel so fortunate to be in the position that we are in. We work within the healthcare industry because we genuinely want to help people. Every single patient that walks through our door is just so lovely, kind and thoughtful. It is a privilege to be in the position that we are in and we are so thankful for everything. From the kindest of words being spoken, sent in a message or written in a card, the bunches and bunches of flowers, the many meals that have been cooked for Adam and the beautiful gifts – you’re all so beautiful. I’m sorry if I haven’t had a chance to thank you personally but please know that the love and care we have both been shown means the world.

I am writing this from Greenslopes Hospital as today marks my 21st day of chemotherapy. My oncologist, Dr Goh, is the kindest, sweetest doctor and I’m very fortunate to be under his care. I’ve just received the most wonderful news and am so excited! The Beta-HCG hormone that they’ve been monitoring each week was at 60000 when all of this started. The aim of chemotherapy has been to get it to under 2 – I then have another nine days of consolidation treatment after this. I received news today that we got there! Woo!!! With only another nine days to go, I’ll be finishing on Thursday the 11th of February! It’s so lovely to have a light at the end of the tunnel! Amazing news to end the year on!

From our family to yours, stay safe, enjoy your New Years celebrations and we look forward to seeing you in 2016.

– Sam