As we flip the calendar to November, we have turning our clocks back an hour to look forward to, celebrating our Veterans and everyone’s favorite stuff-a-thon, Thanksgiving! We celebrated Thanksgiving with my in-laws at my mother-in-law’s home for many years. When it became difficult for her to handle, we all pitched in and helped. After her passing, we took over Thanksgiving, and my brother and sister-in-law volunteered to host Christmas. I love this time of year and the quality time spent with those we love the most. We have much to be thankful for!
November also signals two years since my breast cancer diagnosis. I’m still recovering from my recent breast reconstruction surgery in early October, but slowly getting there. The amazing staff at Wake Forest Baptist Health took stellar care of me! Many thanks to everyone involved with my care, from folks checking me in, to the nurses. And of course, the doctors! How blessed are we to have such stellar health care in our back yard? Many thanks to Dr. Alexandra Thomas, Dr. Marissa Howard-McNatt, Dr. Karen Winkfield, Dr. Jennifer Cannon and finally Dr. Malcom Marks. You are all top-notch and I will be forever grateful for your expertise and knowledge! I had no idea this would end up becoming a two-year journey, but I remain hopeful and grateful!
Our November cover features Forsyth Family Eye Care, who will be celebrating 50 years of practice! They have a gorgeous office located off Robinhood Road and would be happy to take care of your family’s eye-care needs. Many time-honored events are featured in this issue that are sure to make your holidays merry and bright! Please remember to shop local whenever possible and in-person. Call me old-fashioned—online shopping is great—but I remain vigilant that our stores need us to buy in person. They cannot survive if you touch and feel in their store, but go online to purchase elsewhere.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving and a special birthday shout-out to my mom!