DEAR TARA,

EVERY NOW AND THEN GOD PUTS PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES FOR REASONS UNKNOWN TO US AT THAT TIME.

BUT AS OUR TIME TOGETHER WENT FORWARD, EACH PASSING DAY I FOUND YOUR PROFESSIONALISM WITH MY TREATMENTS, AND YOUR ABILITY TO MANAGE ME PERSONALLY, BOTH GROWING IMMENSELY.

SOME SAY I CAN BE DIFFICULT TO MANAGE IN MANY WAYS. THIS IS A COMMON TRAIT AMONG SURGEONS AND ALPHA MALES; BECAUSE OF THE HIGH STANDARDS WE SET FOR OURSELVES AND THAT ARE EXPECTED FROM US; BECAUSE OF THIS, WE TEND TO HOLD OTHERS TO A HIGH STANDARD AS WELL.

YOUR ABILITY AND READINESS TO RESPOND TO MY PAIN AND ADAPT TO MY MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS WITH YOUR GENTLE BUT FIRM TREATMENTS, HOWEVER EXTRAORDINARY, ALWAYS ENCOURAGING ME, PUSHING AND CHALLENGING ME ALL THE WHILE REASSURING ME THAT ALL WILL BE ALRIGHT.

DESPITE MY SECOND SET OF COMPLICATIONS OF MY SURGERY, WHICH COULD HAVE SENT ME INTO A DEEP DARK DEPRESSION, YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME, LIGHTING THE PATH TO MY RECOVERY IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY.

YOUR SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND WILLINGNESS TO DO WHATEVER NEEDED TO BE DONE FOR ME AND MY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MADE MY TREATMENT A HUGE SUCCESS AT EVERY LEVEL.

YOU DID SO MUCH FOR ME, FAR AND ABOVE ANY EXPECTATIONS I COULD OF EVER CONCEIVED POSSIBLE AND YOU DID IT IN A WAY THAT ALWAYS HAD MY HEALTH AND RECOVERY BENEFITS FIRST AND FOREMOST.

I AM MOST CERTAIN IF NOT FOR YOU, MY SURGICAL RESULT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO HIGH.

SHEDDING AS MANY TEARS AS LAUGHS I SHARED WITH YOU OVER THESE PAST TWO WEEKS HAS AGAIN AWAKENED MY SPIRIT AND FAITH.

AS DID YOUR GRANDCHILDREN POPPING INTO THE DRESSING ROOM AND INTO TREATMENT ROOMS AT THE MOST OPPORTUNE TIMES. SOMEHOW MY TREATMENTS AND EXPERIENCE WERE MADE BETTER BY THEIR PRESENCE; AS THEY BROUGHT OUT YOUR HUMANNESS, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION AND MADE ME FEEL LIKE FAMILY.

IT IS SAID THAT:”EXCELLENCE IS NO ACCIDENT; IT IS THE RESULT OF HIGH INTENTION.”

TARA, YOU ARE INDEED A VERY SPECIAL LADY, EXCELLENT IN WHAT YOU DID FOR ME AND I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL TO YOU AND CONSIDER MYSELF BLESSED THAT OUR LIFE PATHS HAVE CROSSED.

FONDLY, I REMAIN,

DR. RUSSELL GARDINO