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Mary Beth Wooten
marywootten.oley@gmail.com

LifelineLetter Award Presented to Mary Beth Wootten

Albany, NY, August 23, 2017— The Oley Foundation, based at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, is pleased to announce the issuance of the LifelineLetter Award to Mary Beth Wootten of Troy, NY. This award is given annually to a person who has been a home enteral nutrition (HEN) consumer for five years or longer, or his or her caregiver, who demonstrates courage, perseverance, a positive attitude in dealing with illness or caregiving, and exceptional generosity in helping others in their struggle with HEN.


Mary is the mother of three beautiful children—Natalie (9), Oliver (7) and Quinn (5), and an inspiration to all.

While pregnant with Natalie and living in Connecticut, Mary and her husband, Nathanael, were told that Natalie was small for gestational age and had essentially stopped growing. As a result Mary was induced early and Natalie was born.

After countless pediatrician visits and specialist referrals for various health issues, it became clear that Mary’s mission was going to be ensuring that Natalie received the best care possible, that diagnoses were understood, and that treatment plans were put in place. A feeding tube was placed when Natalie was sixteen months old. As a result, Natalie has lived as normal a life as possible and has been able to pursue many interests, such as Girl Scouts and gymnastics.

Mary has demonstrated an incredible amount of courage and perseverance over the past nine years. Despite many setbacks and challenges, she always has a positive outlook.

Mary embodies service by dedicating a generous portion of her time serving as an Oley
Ambassador in New York’s Capital Region, offering peer-to-peer support to others with HEN. Whether it is visiting a young mother with an infant who has had a feeding tube placed and is afraid to leave her home, or an elderly patient who is seeking guidance, Mary is happy to share what she has learned. In addition to volunteering for Oley, she also assists her local Girl Scout Troop and is a Reiki Master Teacher. Mary has also recently joined the Oley staff, working part-time as a Program Associate.


Mary says she is guided by a quote from Mother Teresa: “It’s not how much love we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.

 

Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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