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    Posted April 11, 2014 by
    New Jersey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    In praise of “other mothers”

    my other mother ♥


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ElisaM80 was hired as a medical assistant by Patty two days after her graduation, and over the five years they have worked together, she says Patty has always been someone she can count on.

    "I feel that I have matured more because of her, and I understand what it means to be a stong-willed individual," she said.

    In January, ElisaM80 needed to have surgery to remove a benign tumor growing on her acoustic nerve. Patty and her husband were there to support her the day of the surgery. "Patty and my husband both hugged me seperately" and "quietly in my left ear said 'I love you,'" she said.
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    Patty Desande is my office manager at a Dr's office in Mount Arlington NJ. She hired me 5 yrs ago fresh out of the medical assisting program. From the first time we met there was a great connection not only at work but outside of work.She is the most caring, loving person that I've met. She has always helped me when I dont feel well or if im sad. Even though im 33yrs old her hug and homemade remedies are the most comforting. On Jan 23rd 2014 I was diagnosed with a benign tumor growing from my acoustic nerve. Patty without hesitation kept volunteering to take me to the Neurosurgeon. I kept saying no because she's already done too much for me but she kept insisting. I gave in and said yes she was amazing. As my other mother she asked all thequestions I could not remember. My surgery was on march 6th 2014 and it was an 8 hr surgery and patty and my husband waited for me. What boss would do that? Mine would because she's my other mother. Ive never felt so loved. There are many other acts of kindness she's done for me and others in our office. Thats why we call her mama bear. She is an amazing woman and I love her very much. THANK YOU Patty.
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