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- Margarita Caretela
“When I lost my job about a year and a half ago, I got unemployment for a year but no insurance. My daughter was the one who referred me to Healing Hands. The first day I came to the clinic, I felt kind of funny because I was so used to working my whole life and having insurance. I just started crying. I was so overwhelmed by the love this place gave to those who need it most. We are very humble people and I didn’t think there were nicer people out there, people who wanted to help you.
“The doctors stayed on top of my medication to make sure that I was doing well. At the time I was doing well, but back then I was 267 pounds. My doctor told me we need to focus on losing some weight. She taught me how to eat, only buying low-fat things and eating in moderation. She also told me told start walking my little puppy a little bit at a time. I told her that would be very hard for me because I have a bad knee, but I would try.
“I started doing a little bit of walking every day and I started eating better. The next time I went into see the doctor, she told me, “You lost four pounds!” I was so excited that I kept doing my walking and healthy eating. I was shocked to see that I lost four pounds, again. In about six and a half months, I lost 47 pounds. I felt so much better, I noticed I could walk my puppy all the way to the park and back. I did it all by myself, will the help of my doctor.
“In December, my niece passed away and it was very hard for not only me, but my whole family. I went into severe depression. I didn’t want to do anything. I wasn’t cleaning any more. I wasn’t getting out of bed. I was crying all the time. My children tried to help me, but it made me feel worse. I am the one who needs to be taking care of them, not the other way around.
“I was in this hole and I needed a lot of help to get out. Healing Hands helped me get out of the hole and find the light. Sometimes it isn’t just the pills that help you, it is the people behind the pills. My doctors helped me find a better lifestyle, that has made me feel better than any medication.
“The treatment I got here, I didn’t expect it. They are really, really good. I am in love with my doctors here. I have never really seen a doctor who really cared. Before Healing Hands, I had a doctor who treated me for 14 years, and I never felt the love I feel here. Every time I come here, the nurses remember me and compliment me. I thank the Lord every day that He sent me here.
“Healing Hands has changed my life completely. I have never seen people keep up His good work like the staff at Healing Hands does. The treatment that I’ve received from the doctors and nurses, is so loving. They don’t know what they’ve done for me. This place is so wonderful for low income families. You can talk to these doctors like you are talking to someone close to you because they actually listen to you. This clinic is a blessing. They have made me feel better, a lot better.”