Mayor Jensen's message
Many of you know I had surgery several weeks ago to repair a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. This experience has given me a new perspective and appreciation for those with disabilities. To be honest, I did not fully understand the challenges in their daily lives until I temporarily found myself in a similar place.
Small, daily tasks like walking down the driveway to get the mail or feeding my backyard birds became hard to do, and mowing the lawn was out of the question. I'm the kind of guy who likes being able to do things for myself. I can't help but think about people who have longer term or lifelong mobility issues and how hard their days could be. I think about Krista Allison, who was “Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2022.” I had the privilege of meeting her over a year ago and she has attended a few of our Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio events that have taken place in Avon. She is one of MY heroes! I always thought she was an incredible person with all she has been through, but now, I can appreciate even more just how amazing she is.
My personal experiences with my latest health crisis reminded me of the importance of having access to top-notch healthcare in our community. Every step of the way, the treatment I received was very professional and caring. I am grateful for the Avon paramedics who transported me to the emergency department, the doctors I saw at Orthopedic Associates, and the excellent care I received from the entire surgical and medical staff at Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital. When you have healthcare choices in Avon that include those, as well as University Hospitals and Mercy Health, you realize how truly fortunate we are.
I am coming out of this experience not feeling sorry for myself but feeling even more fortunate and more blessed than I had before – realizing how life can change in literally an instant. For that, I am very thankful. I'm also thankful for my family and friends and their kindness. I also appreciate the well wishes many of you sent. Now, I can focus on how I can return those kindnesses. I hope by sharing my story that it might prompt you to think about those around you who may not want to ask for help, but would be thankful if you offered.
Wishing the best to you and your families during this special time of year. As always, I am grateful to serve as your Mayor.
Bryan K. Jensen
Mayor, City of Avon