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what does the gift or health mean to you

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  1. +8 Vote +1Cecelia Mizzoni

    06. May, 2011 at 10:07 am#

    My husband was given the gift of health ( and life) by a Group Health consulting nurse who outreached to him by cell urging an ER visit . That visit resulted in a triple bypass 5 years ago. We just celebrated 40 years of marriage:) Thank you GH.

  2. +8 Vote +1Joan Johnson

    05. May, 2011 at 12:49 pm#

    The gift of health is knowing that my husband will be able to see his grandchildren grow. The wonderful and amazing physicians that have caught his diabetic retinopathy in time to save his eyesight is a gift of health. Thank you.

  3. +5 Vote +1Scott Armstrong

    04. May, 2011 at 3:10 pm#

    The gift of health is something that I value so highly, and at the same time, too easily take for granted. Our work at Group Health is deeply gratifying because we can make the gift of health available to millions of people in our state who cannot take their health for granted. We make access to care affordable and possible for many families who deserve better than they’ve had. We promote better health for many families who are in our care. Wow, what a gift to be able to do that!

  4. +5 Vote +1Matt Walker

    09. May, 2011 at 9:07 am#

    What does the Gift of Health mean to me? Well, it means that even though I am not directly involved in the difference that the group is making, I sitll feel that I am able to help benefit by being allowed to choose where the money that I dontate goes to. In a way it gives up all a chance to contribute while we are busy working at your day to day jobs.

  5. +5 Vote +1Kami Tutle

    05. May, 2011 at 11:38 am#

    The gift of health “is keeping your body, mind and soul in condition to actively and passionately live your life and let your loved ones live it with you. It is you being prepared and able to engage in the ever-so-unpredictable ups and downs in life, confident that you will not only survive, but thrive. It is a journey, with your ultimate destination being determined by your day to day habits.”

  6. +5 Vote +1Diane

    05. May, 2011 at 11:31 am#

    The Gift of Health is one that keeps on giving. It allows me to really LIVE, and that is a gift to my children, my husband, my parents, my siblings, and my freinds.

  7. +4 Vote +1Regina

    05. May, 2011 at 1:25 pm#

    The first wealth is health. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    Preventative healthcare is a great way to keep your wealth of health.

  8. +4 Vote +1Barbara Trehearne

    09. May, 2011 at 8:47 am#

    For me the gift of health is personal and professional. It’s about the humility of what good health really means and the realization that being in healthcare allows each of us to assure the gift of health to those entrusted to our care.

  9. +4 Vote +1Laura Rehrmann

    04. May, 2011 at 2:10 pm#

    For me, the Gift of Health is about opportunity—that feeling that you are ready to take on the world. It’s a sense of gratitude and pride that I can give back to my community.

  10. +4 Vote +1Michael Soman

    04. May, 2011 at 2:10 pm#

    Having cared for patients of all ages as a family physician for a couple of decades, and having coped with serious illness in my own family, I know that every healthy day is a gift.

  11. +3 Vote +1Pat Nash

    09. May, 2011 at 9:24 am#

    Working for an organization that provides amazing health care that includes wellness tools is completely the gift of health! I need the encouragement to participate in physical activityand to eat healthy … Group Health gives me that not only as a member but as an employee.

  12. +3 Vote +1Suzanne Swadener

    05. May, 2011 at 11:53 am#

    The Gift of Health means living life to its fullest and having the tools and resources I need to manage all of the challenges and joys that life brings my way. It also means committing my resources and time to creating new opportunities for everyone to discover how to live their fullest and healthiest life – and I can do that in so many ways through Group Health and the Foundation.

  13. +3 Vote +1Darlene Spenser

    13. July, 2011 at 12:10 pm#

    The Gift of Health means providiing our children with books to encourage reading. I am very grateful to be a part of the Reach Out and Read Program. Our Youth are tomorrow’s future, but we must start today!

  14. +3 Vote +1Paulette

    05. May, 2011 at 4:35 pm#

    Gift of Health is knowing every contribution can make a difference to someone’s life, because Health is a Gift that is not promise to everyone.

  15. +3 Vote +1Mackenzie Lehnherr

    01. August, 2011 at 1:38 pm#

    The gift of health means to me that I am able to actively participate in my daughter’s life and spend time with my family. Good health is something to be cherished and I appreciate the care I have received at Group Health.

  16. +2 Vote +1JoAnn Marshall

    05. May, 2011 at 12:12 pm#

    We can and should do everything in our power to protect and improve our health and the health of those we love. Everything we hope for in our lives becomes more possible if we have health and well being. But, no matter what we do, health is not guaranteed. When we lose our health or watch someone we love suffer, well-being becomes the most precious, the most wished-for gift of all.

  17. +2 Vote +1Cara Gilmore

    05. May, 2011 at 11:20 am#

    To me, the Gift of Health means taking responsibility to care for ourselves, as well as others.

  18. +2 Vote +1Karen Richardson

    05. May, 2011 at 11:27 am#

    The Gift of Health, to me, is priceless. Having seen my eldest son through a life-threatening illness recently (one where he was not expected to survive surgery) has given me a newfound appreciation for each day we are given. Life can be fragile. I now place a huge importance teaching others.. to nurture & nourish our relationships AND bodies..and make each & every day count.

  19. +2 Vote +1Mary Williams

    01. August, 2011 at 1:35 pm#

    The gift of health means to me that I am able to spend time with my family and friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  20. +2 Vote +1Alan Reed

    04. May, 2011 at 2:09 pm#

    For me, the phrase “Gift of Health” represents a bit of yin/yang—an intersection of seeming opposites. It is about recognizing “gifts of health” I have received, and also about making a commitment to give “gifts of health” to others. It could be about either one or the other, I suppose, but for me it’s both.

  21. +2 Vote +1Janet Jones

    01. August, 2011 at 1:44 pm#

    The gift of health means that I am able to play with my grandchildren and enjoy retirement.

  22. +2 Vote +1Mark E. Brooks

    05. May, 2011 at 11:30 am#

    The gift of health to me is caring about our patients, the way we all should be treated. I myself have had two bouts with cancer (in remission for 22 yrs) and for me everyday when I wake up I smile to the heavens to be here and help all that I can while I am here on earth.

  23. +2 Vote +1Michael Von Korff

    05. May, 2011 at 11:37 am#

    GHP physicians work with the GH Research Institute to improve care for our patients in many areas through their Partnership for Innovation program. This work makes a difference at Group Health and helps make Group Health a national model for how to provide high quality health care. This program would not exist without the generous support of GH Foundation donors.

  24. +2 Vote +1Linda Reitner

    16. May, 2011 at 9:26 am#

    I’ve had several health challenges and scares in the last few years, but due to the expertise and caring of my physicians, I’m still here. I’m so thankful for each and every day that I’m on this earth, even on the rainy days! (I just dance in the puddles!) I treasure the gift of my health.

  25. +1 Vote +1Marcia Holiday

    27. May, 2011 at 9:20 am#

    Participating in the Gift of Health Campaign is one of the opportunities I most enjoy each year. I participate in the evaluation process for the Partnership for Innovation projects, albeit indirectly, and I know the true value these projects are bringing to the Cooperative and ultimately to the World! I know that every dollar I give helps us have a direct impact on the health of our community.

  26. +1 Vote +1Tina Solomon

    05. May, 2011 at 10:31 pm#

    The gift of health goes far beyond being appreciative for my health and the excellent care I receive. It’s about having empathy for others in need and modeling for my children how each of us can make a difference.

  27. +1 Vote +1Leona

    06. May, 2011 at 2:39 pm#

    Health; the good gift of it ~ is the foundation from which all becomes possible. Health’s adversities remind us to shore up that foundation: A clarion call to stand together and support one another in whatever way we might…be it the gift of a warm word, precious sums of emotion or coin, a hand to pull us back…to good. Health, the good of it; is shared, and always, ever, possible.

  28. +1 Vote +1Suzan Leone

    05. May, 2011 at 11:21 am#

    To be the Gift of Health means giving new born babies a chance.

  29. +1 Vote +1Marian Sofferin

    04. May, 2011 at 2:10 pm#

    Gift of Health means the blessings of good health and the impact that has on someone’s life. In the context of the Foundation gift of health means the ability to help others see the blessings of having good health as well.

  30. +1 Vote +1Suzanne Gruner

    12. May, 2011 at 11:58 am#

    A serious tragedy occurred in my life. Group Health providers and staff have been compassionate & helpful. Professionally, I am grateful to be a Group Health employee. Coworkers & managers saw my sadness and took extra steps to assist me with benefits, medical care and support groups. Spiritually, the kindness I received from everyone saved my life and renewed my faith. What a wonderful gift!

  31. +1 Vote +1Lis

    10. May, 2011 at 9:28 am#

    As I age, the gift of health is one I can give to myself by keeping my mind and my body fit. With all the tools and outstanding physicians that Group Health provides, I can accomplish this knowing that I will be strong for my family. I appreciate everything I have in the way of my health and I know this is because of Group Health’s amazing network of providers and their commitment to patient…

  32. +1 Vote +1Wendy Faulconer

    09. May, 2011 at 11:02 am#

    The Gift of Health to me means; the little kindnesses we can do for one another as we walk out our moments and our days. Walking in Love, Peace and Kindness, sharing a smile, a laugh and a tear. Love bears no judgements, sees no differences and is always Kind and Peacefull. These bring Health to All and that indeed is a good Gift ! .

  33. +1 Vote +1Ursula Whiteside

    05. May, 2011 at 3:00 pm#

    I am extremely fortunate. The Gift of Health funds my two-year postdoctoral fellowship. It is a scientist’s dream come true to have the freedom to pursue her strongest interests with the bulk of her time. The Gift of Health also funds projects that I am passionate about – making mental health interventions widely available!

  34. +1 Vote +1Joshua

    06. May, 2011 at 6:13 pm#

    The gift of health takes us outside of ourselves to strengthen the lives of others; ironically, in doing this, we better ourselves.

  35. +1 Vote +1Sabina

    05. May, 2011 at 11:24 am#

    The Gift of Health is just that…A GIFT! After suffering a horrific accident in which I fell through a set of improperly built stairs and having to endure almost 3 years of intensive physical therapy,. including 6 weeks of in-patient rehab, I am able to walk, to run, to dance, TO LIVE!
    To me, the Gift of Health is what gave me back to myself and my family.

  36. +1 Vote +1Leah

    05. May, 2011 at 12:19 pm#

    For me the gift of health means having a beautiful son. If it weren’t for the care of an outstanding medical provider during an exceptionally difficult pregnancy, my son would not be here today.

  37. +1 Vote +1David Depner

    11. May, 2011 at 5:36 pm#

    It means being able to live the life I want, being able to do the activities that I enjoy, capable of having a positive impact not only by the work I do, but also in the community I live in. Group Health has helped me further my goals of better health.

  38. +1 Vote +1Nichole Uber

    05. May, 2011 at 11:27 am#

    Health is a gift, but also a choice. For me it means making the choice to be grateful for my health, and maintain it. It also means helping others to secure their health and work to maintain it. At GH I see this happening through education, research, care, and community service. I feel blessed to be a part of this in my own small way!

  39. +1 Vote +1Dia Tucker

    05. May, 2011 at 11:29 am#

    To let the persons having a tramatic health problem know they are not alone for those that have no close family or no one to visit them . To just let some know you care and will stand by them even if its to hold their hand and talk to them or let them talk to you . It can bring up their will to live and put a smile on your face and theirs even a little laughter helps ..

  40. +1 Vote +1Tina

    01. August, 2011 at 3:07 pm#

    The Gift of Health is the peace of mind that my son is in good hands with his doctors at Group Health. We had seen all the specialists at other hospitals in the area and only when we became Group Health members were they able to find why he was vomiting nearly every time he ate. I am so grateful for our care team who pieced together a very complicated puzzle.

  41. +1 Vote +1Carmen

    05. May, 2011 at 11:34 am#

    While I currently do not have the gift of health, I do have the gift of some wonderful health care providers; Drs Annelise Gaaserud, Sheldon Rosen, Amy Harper, John Schenck. Thank you Group Health for finding such fantastic doctors for your patients.

  42. +1 Vote +1Dan

    05. May, 2011 at 1:01 pm#

    I always appreciated this line of dialogue from a very famous movie: “Good health – the most important thing of all. More than success, more than money, more than power.”

  43. +1 Vote +1Kathy Kimball

    05. May, 2011 at 11:25 am#

    The Gift of Health is truly a gift and comes with responsibility to use it wisely, especially in support of others and to promote health in the best way possible according to an individuals needs and abilities.

  44. +1 Vote +1SG

    04. May, 2011 at 2:08 pm#

    Having the choice to be healthy.

  45. +1 Vote +1Carla Huizenga

    05. May, 2011 at 11:30 am#

    The gift of health means not taking for granted, for a single moment, how the wonders of the body functions when it is healthy; to protect that healthy body in every way possible by how we live, work, and eat so that we are not a burden to ourselves, our loved ones, and society; In order to enjoy the blessings of creation and life to the fullest.

  46. +1 Vote +1Danielle

    05. May, 2011 at 1:50 pm#

    The word gift implies in one way that it is something to be cherished. In another way, the term gift reminds me how sometimes good health is out of one’s control. For example, some debilitating illnesses have strongly genetic origins. These patients commonly remind me of the courage and grace with which they lead their lives. This is the real gift: a gentle reminder that each day is truly a…

  47. +1 Vote +1Maureen Brooks

    05. May, 2011 at 2:34 pm#

    The gift of health to me means understanding what opportunities are available to families within their community when a health crisis occurs. It means having somebody to help navigate the health care system for you so you can focus on your family.

  48. Vote +1Jessica

    12. May, 2011 at 4:25 pm#

    When your mind and body are in balance and you can simply enjoy the things you love to do.

  49. Vote +1MR

    12. May, 2011 at 3:48 pm#

    Life. Energy. Being thankful for access to healthcare and medicine.

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  51. Vote +1Jana Meehan

    23. May, 2011 at 5:00 pm#

    The gift of health allows me the opportunity to serve others. In service of my fellow man I find true joy.

  52. Vote +1Bill Thieleman

    31. May, 2011 at 4:20 pm#

    The Gift of Health is a way for me to remember my dear friend, Kip Newquist, who was a Group Health architect. He died at age 40 from AIDS. His memory reminds me to take care of myself and not take health or life for granted. I remember his doctor coming to the house and the home health nurses managing his care with compassion and looking after us, his family/care team, too.

  53. Vote +1Roseanne

    05. May, 2011 at 2:45 pm#

    A gift has value to the giver as well as the receiver.True giving is not counting the cost of the gift before giving it.A gift is given freely without reservation, stipulation,or price tag.Time is the one such gift.The gift of health is a gift of time; time to live,time to love,time to learn,time to be.GHC gave me the one thing I could not give to myself; time.You can get more money;not more time.

  54. Vote +1Debra

    05. May, 2011 at 12:22 pm#

    The Gift of Health means – Having someone who supports, and encourages you in reaching your goal to better your Health. Thank you to “My Personal Trainer and Best Friend” – My Husband.

  55. Vote +1Trena

    05. May, 2011 at 1:36 pm#

    To give good medical care to everyone, no matter what back ground they come from. Our nation has so many people without healthcare. That is a shame.

  56. Vote +1Vickie Wales

    05. May, 2011 at 11:44 am#

    The gift of health means a lot to me in many ways. The opportunity to be healthy through doctors who cares for their patients, and providing us with resources/information to help maintain good health is very important. Also, the gift of good health is not only thinking of yourselves, but for your family and friends as well :)

  57. Vote +1Christina Robinson

    05. May, 2011 at 11:32 am#

    Being healthy physically is so important, but being healthy mentally as well makes you entirely whole. Its great to see that Group Health staff cares about the whole person!

  58. Vote +1Laura Higdon

    05. May, 2011 at 11:21 am#

    With a mother who has advanced MS and has become completely dependent on others for every aspect of her physical needs, the gift of health to me is invaluable. I try to appreciate every day that I am fully able-bodied and without illness. I become more acutely aware of how much I treasure my good health any time I have a cold or flu. I know good health can be temporary, so I’m trying to keep it!

  59. Vote +1Carol Green

    05. May, 2011 at 2:57 pm#

    The “Gift Of Health” is the most valuable thing one can posess, and should be nurtured, loved and cared about. We are a progress in work, but if we treat ourselves and others tenderly, I truly believe, that we will be blessed with the gift of good physical ,as well as mental health!

  60. Vote +1Karen

    05. May, 2011 at 3:22 pm#

    The “Gift Of Health” is the hope to provide every person a chance to live the healthiest life possible with the least amount of obsticles.

  61. Vote +1Helga

    06. May, 2011 at 1:18 pm#

    The gift of health means we have the opportunity to fully participate in the grand experience and experiment of life, everyday, with those we care about.

  62. Vote +1Meg Kilcup

    11. May, 2011 at 11:21 am#

    The gift of health means that I get to enjoy doing the things I love to do – long bike rides, runs at Greenlake, triathlons, hikes with friends, time with my family, serving others, work at my rewarding job… and live life to the fullest. I see health as a product of my mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health – all of them a gift and something I value and am so thankful for.

  63. Vote +1Dorothy

    05. May, 2011 at 5:20 pm#

    The Gift of Health comes from your parents, your habits, your diet and those who love you. I am fortunate to have this gift. I look back at my mom and dad and hope to avoid the disease that they succumbed to. My health has always been important to me and I have shared with friends and family the importance of it.

  64. Vote +1Joni

    05. May, 2011 at 4:40 pm#

    Gift of Health is everyone having access to quality healthcare and the tools needed to get healthy and stay healthy in the world we all live in together. Peace is a gift of health to all of us too.

  65. Vote +1Debra Masters

    05. May, 2011 at 4:23 pm#

    Health is the freedom to be and do. To get around on my own. To walk and hike and enjoy the world. Without health, life is truly difficult.

  66. Vote +1Patricia Holt

    11. May, 2011 at 12:48 pm#

    The gift of health is more appreciated today than ever before. I have a 2 year old son, keeping myself healthy is setting a good example for him and helping us live our lives to the fullest. I know I will be around to care for my son, to see his growth and share in his joys. The gift of life means I am free to share with others my story to help them achieve goals, otherwise taken for granted.