Monika Roberts, a retired public school administrative secretary, was constantly bloated and having trouble eating after two to three bites each meal. After several doctor visits and MRI scans, she found out that she needed hernia surgery.
This meant several weeks away from work and no driving. After surgery, Roberts stayed with her daughter, Patty, who is a parent educator and recess aide for Montgomery County Public Schools. Complications with Roberts’ surgery led to two and a half months recovery, during which Patty helped her eat enough, tracked her medicine, drove her to doctor appointments and walked with her when she did not feel like walking.