It brought me tremendous sadness and disbelief when I found out that Sutter Health was permanently closing the Mickelson therapy pool at Mills Hospital. I am an eight-year cancer survivor, and I started going to this healing pool after chemo treatments and a couple of surgeries. Stepping into that warm therapeutic water lets you escape from all your pain and worries. It’s an unbelievable comforting feeling. Anyone going through the healing process after dealing with a cancer diagnosis knows that it’s not easy. I never would have imagined how much of a positive impact the use of the Mickelson therapy pool was going to have on me, both physically and mentally. It made me feel like my scars had disappeared, and I felt like myself again. I made sure to share with both my oncologist and surgeon how extremely beneficial it would be to their other patients in getting them through the recovery process.

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Thank you so much for sharing your healing experiences at the Mickelson Therapy pool, Lynn Marie. I first experienced the healing waters several years ago when I developed severe arthritis in my lower spine. The warm water lessened the pain and allowed me to stay active without gravity making things hurt so much. I returned to the pool when severe arthritis attacked my knee and shoulder - my PT program there kept my muscles and bones strong enough to support joint replacements. And of course post-surgery exercise allowed me to rebuild my strength and endurance until I could manage workouts in the gym. Several good friends have used the therapy pool to tolerate severe pain from cancer, arthritis, car accidents, etc. I am appalled that Sutter Healthcare is continuing to peel off important services that support the health and well-being of our community's disabled and elderly citizens. I appeal to our Healthcare District boards, city councils, and County Board of Supervisors to halt Sutter's plans to dismantle yet another important community resource.

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