Doctors find healing in neighbors' support

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To the editor:

I am writing on behalf of myself and Dr. Jill Morrison to express our heartfelt gratitude for all of the assistance we received in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We were quickly able to relocate our practices without too much disruption after our office was flooded and unusable. We had gracious offers of accommodation from Dr. Dorie Herndon, Century 21, and the Rogges. Andy Solari of Carrier Sothebys was also working very hard, trying to find us temporary office space. Thank you very much to all.

Thanks also go to Joe “Moose,” Viet Vo, and Sara Gaskin for helping us clear out our office and loading the contents on a truck for storage. Our landlords, Linda and Doug Keefe, deserve kudos for working quickly with the insurance people and getting the construction crew in right away to restore our space.

On a personal note, much appreciation goes to Rev. Scotland and to the special people at the Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church who have allowed me to use a space until our office is renovated. Additionally, special thanks go to Kim and the folks at Kim’s Grooming in Absecon for caring for Iris while I was teaching and running errands because we were not permitted back on the island.

We have a good community which is filled with good people. A visit to the Community Center shows how much people care about each other. Volunteers were feeding weary residents, and helping homeowners clean up their flooded properties. For those who were impacted by the storm, the sleeplessness, dazed feeling, irritability, anxiety, sorrow and tearfulness will diminish over time as life becomes more normal. Having lived through the March 1962 storm in Brigantine I can say these storms do, however, leave an indelible impression. They are a reminder that we cannot always be in control of what happens to us and that is very disconcerting. The things we can rely on are the generosity of spirit of our residents and our sense of community. I believe it is our connections with each other that can help us weather any storm.

Dr. Linda K. Sayers

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