Friendship – Surgery – Life Lessons and Changes Everlasting

Friendship – Surgery – Life Lessons and Changes Everlasting

Friendship – Surgery – Life Lessons and Changes Everlasting

By Patty L. Fletcher

March 7, 2022

Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms.

Good morning, I hope all are well. Before I go onward, let me say, I mean that. If you’ve got your health, someone who loves you and great people who have your back, you’re truly blessed. I wish that for each of you.

Here, I’m readying for surgery to remove my Gallbladder.

Though I’m nervous and the tiniest bit scared, I’m also realizing my life is once again being shaped by a health issue.

As you know, in 2017 I had some serious health trials. In fact, during that time, I nearly died.

But I found my way back to life, made some especially significant changes and when I came from the darkness into the light, I was a new person.

It took time, effort, and energy to create the woman you see before you now. But I’m here and stronger than ever.

Here we are, in 2022 and I’m once again dealing with health issues and learning more life lessons.

What am I learning?

I am learning…

A true friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.

We’ve all heard that old cliché.

But there’s no cliché here.

A true friend is someone who leaves work early so they can drive me and my animals to the vet where they will stay until I’m well enough to have them back.

A true friend is someone who blocks out their morning to see that I get safely to and from the hospital so that I may have surgery.

A true friend

is someone who takes the time to come over to my house ahead of time so she can become familiar with Blue thus making it so she can help walk him when he returns home from boarding if I’m not able.

A true friend is someone who is able to give of themselves. Someone who is willing to sacrifice their time, effort, and energy.

Thank you, Christy!

You are a true Treasure!

I’d also like to give a big shout out to the ladies in my community who have said they’re able to help with laundry, litterbox and other things which might come up for me while I’m recovering. There’s a true volunteer spirit here.

Thanks to the ACB Community for stepping up with prayers and support and thanks to the sisters on one of my email groups for having a special prayer.

Thanks to Tori for taking care of the Free to Be Me call and for your friendship.

Thanks to my Polly for texting and checking on me when she is so busy with all she has going on with her six kids, two dogs (One is a puppy) a husband Etc. to care for.

Thanks to my clients for their offers of money and offers of taking on tasks for the magazine when some of them are facing major trials of their own.

As I’ve been going through this, I’ve come to realize who are real and who are not in my life.

There’s nothing like having a health issue to show you who and what you can depend upon.

I’m in some pain this morning, but I must go and start readying myself for the days ahead.

For now, I thank all of you who are here for me, may harmony find you and blessid be.



Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed:

Book One How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life

(Second Edition)

The cover of "Pathway to Freedom". 
A garden with rocks and pebbles, surrounded by grass and trees. To the left, a bench sits below a tree with a seated dog silhouetted on the grass in front of it. An ethereal glow of gold and green shines through the middle of the picture with the title of the book written in fantasy style lettering in darker gold and with black shadowing.

In the first book of her memoir trilogy, Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: Book One How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, Patty Fletcher shares how choosing to attend The Seeing Eye guide dog school in Morristown, New Jersey, helped her to gain complete independence. But this decision would reveal glimpses into worlds she had never before known existed.

Once home from The Seeing Eye, Patty soon begins to realize that all is not right in her own world.

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six incredible grandchildren.

Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm separating the disabled from the non-disabled.

Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: Book One How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition and all her other works are on sale during Read an eBook Week from Smashwords at They’re also available in both eBook and Paperback on Amazon at


  1. So grateful, and happy for you, darling Patty!!
    With you in Love’s embrace.

  2. You’ll be up and around before you know it, blessings be upon you and your health. Tasha

  3. Victoria Zigler Reply
    March 8, 2022

    Hope it’s all going well. Just focus on resting and recovering. Thank you for your friendship too, and for introducing me to the ACB community.

    1. Tori, you’re welcome for it all.
      I got up a while ago, flipped on the coffeepot and out of habit sat down at the desk chair to look at email on my computer.
      Though I won’t have the strength to sit long, it seems to be giving me a bit of comfort and taking the strain off my insision.
      There’s something to be said for sitting up straight. LOL.
      You’re especially welcome for the introduction to the ACB community. They’re an awesome bunch of people.
      Well, starting to get snoozey again, thanks for all you do and all you are.

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