This is the season when it is traditional and entirely appropriate to express gratitude to those who have helped us. I want to express my heartfelt thanks for the expertise, diligence and kindness you have shown me over the past year. I know you have many patients and I know how we sometimes take you away from your family and friends. Please take some recompense from our admiration and gratitude. You have an uncommon ability to change peoples’ lives for the better. You certainly did so with me. I cannot thank you enough.
Yesterday, I walked around Legg Lake with my wife and dog. While this feat pales in comparison to many others’ accomplishments, it was incredibly significant to me. I have been unable to walk that far without sitting for quite a while. It felt wonderful! I so look forward to walking much farther after my hip replacement. In the meantime, you and your team have been so important in helping me accomplish all my short-term goals that I cannot let Thanksgiving Day pass without expressing true thanks.