Thoughts from the journey… Excerpts from a day in the life of Sherry McLaughlin


Have a Little Faith

I had to travel this weekend at the end of a long work week to work a little more. I was scheduled to deliver the Missing Link Seminar to a group of therapists at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, NC - home of Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune. And even as I was grumbling about being exhausted, I knew there was a reason I was meant to go this particular weekend. Long story short, I have received many blessings from the weekend, one of which was the opportunity to sit down and read Mitch Albom's new book, Have a Little Faith.

I read it in its entirety on my flight from Detroit to Atlanta, and it held timeless messages, many of which I needed to hear that night on the plane.

I hope you stop and take time to pick up a copy and read it. It will remind you of the importance of family, tradition and believing in something that is unchangeable and unshaking. These times call for something just like that.

Like I said, there were many blessings in the weekend. I had the opportunity to meet with a group  of therapists who sacrificed their weekend to learn about a new way of solving orthopedic problems. I got to evaluate a marine who was wounded in action, recovering from a bullet that pierced his left rib cage and tore up his organs on its way out of his right lower abdominal area. (Stay tuned for his case study) I got to see the looks of understanding and enlightenment of the therapists as we discussed the design of the human body and a better way of doing things. I saw how young our military is as they were out and about on the town, having just gotten paid the day before. They are young and bold...they drive big pick-up trucks and Corvettes...they have young wives and girlfriends and kids...and they protect our freedom.

I was reminded of the goodness of human kind, the sacrifices that our soldiers make in protecting our freedom and the big job those PT's have in restoring people back to health. I was reminded of how important our diligence is as therapists, because many times, we represent the only hope for the people we work with. I was reminded of how much we've learned in the last 10 years and how it doesn't matter how tired I am or how frustrating things get...the discoveries we make here need to get out there.

At one point, the marine looked at me and said, "Are you a faith healer?" I smiled and said, "I have faith..." and in my mind I thought to myself how looking at his wounds and thinking about all he had been through had restored my faith. I am so grateful to have met you, I wanted to say. You have no idea how much you've healed me. Thank you for what you do.

It was a long trip after a long week... intermixed with some great conversation, a good book and a lot of time to think.

Like I said, it turns out the weekend of work after a long week at work...was exactly what I needed.

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  1. Since I was there, I think it’s safe to say there were many more people blessed this weekend, than just Sherry. Those of us who had the opportunity to learn from her wealth of experience and talent for teaching also can say that a full weekend of class after a full week of work was just what we needed! We are eternally grateful to her for her sacrifices, but now our clinical motors are firing on all cylinders…our brain are overflowing, and now we’ve got to get down to work. Thank you for all you do. This blog is a great resource to further our learning and understanding as well!

  2. As always Sherry, you stir our hearts in a way that only you can.

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