Our Caregiver Spotlight - Ann Marie W., STNA
A little about me...
I was born in Toledo and have lived in the Toledo and surrounding area all of my life. I grew up in Point Place and moved just across the border in Michigan my sophomore year of high school when my parents bought a business there. I was raised in a household where faith and going to church were important and developed a personal relationship with Christ by the age of 12. I have not waivered in my relationship and have continued to grow in Him. My parents instilled in me the importance of faith, love, family, caring for others and a strong work ethic. I helped out with the business until I was married shortly after graduating from high school.
My husband and I were together for 3 years prior to getting married after having met at a joint church function with our respective churches. We have been married for 39 years. We have been blessed with 2 sons, each of them married and gave us wonderful daughter-in-laws that are a blessing to us. Each of them has blessed us with 4 grandchildren apiece, ranging in age from 6 months to 11 years of age, 5 boys and 3 girls. Our youngest son is in the military and has been for nearly 14 years. Our oldest son lives here in Toledo and is in a regional management position with a local company. Raising my family was my number one job, but I have pretty much worked outside of the home as well most of my adult life. I have worked a variety of jobs ranging from factory work; sales rep such as Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay, etc.; making crafts and selling them; to working with children in the schools.
My first job in the caregiving field was in 1990. I have been working continually in the field ever since. I believe that it's not just a job, but the ministry God has called me to. I enjoy helping people and have been very blessed by it more than words can express. I not only have worked in this field, but have also assisted with my dad who suffered from a traumatic brain injury stemming from a car accident at the hands of a drunk driver. The TBI slowly developed into dementia pugilistica, the disease process lasted 12 years until his death. I have found that in some cases, there is not enough support in some aspects of the care that people require. My aim in my job is to be a blessing and support to those who may find themselves in that gap in care. I came to CHC over 4 years ago with that purpose in mind and to have a support system behind me. It's nice to be in a work environment that is more like family with people who have the same values as me.
Things I enjoy doing on a personal level
I enjoy being with family and the grandkids, watching West Virginia University basketball games, going on trips looking for waterfalls and enjoy anything with butterflies. The statement that I try to live by is "God leaves us better than He found us."