Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A letter from Annette Whittemore

A letter from Annette Whittemore

October 4, 2011 at 6:52pm

Dear Patients and Friends,

 While I can't speak for Judy I can tell you how I feel.  I feel terrible that our relationship is ending this way. It's easy to understand why you might think of our separation as a divorce.  Judy has been with me since 2006 when we first began the institute. I hired Judy to work with me to help solve the problems that are affecting millions of people like yourself. You are now personally invested in the outcome, just as we are.    Judy has been a valuable member of a team that many of you have never met.   I have asked her to speak on behalf of the scientific efforts of this entire institute and she has done so with great enthusiasm.  In the course of her travels she has offered her hand to patients, in friendship and support, and for that we are all very thankful.   However, Judy had another important job to do as an employee of the WPI.   She knows that she, like everyone else at the institute, has to abide by a common set of rules that apply to one's conduct.  Without those rules there would be anarchy and injustice in the work place.    Judy chose a course of action which I had to respond to.  I am deeply disappointed by her choices.   Now we have to move on.   As adults, we can chose to lash out with hatred against one another or try to make the best of a difficult situation and minimize the damage to the innocent bystanders like yourself.  You are part of a caring group of people who must feel awful about having to watch this public display of cruel mud slinging on the internet.  You are right though, it isn't fair to anyone to be forced into taking sides.  I believe we have a better choice and that is to get along with each other and truly wish each other well.   Because you asked.  I will tell you how I am feeling about Judy leaving.  I'm sad for me for you and for Judy.  I will miss Judy's friendly smile and her enthusiasm for the science. I have learned so much from her.   I will miss our discussions and our trips together to various conferences and meetings.  But I have a job to do.   As the leader of this institution I have to continue to do all I can to keep our team focused and moving forward; building on the progress that we have already made in science and advocacy.  I'm lucky that I am not alone in these important efforts.   WPI has a wonderful team of researchers, doctors and administrators who are working hard every day on your behalf.  They are dedicated and passionate about making a difference in some one else's life.  Your lives. I hope that Judy will keep building, as well.  Just like a dear friend who is moving away, I  wish nothing but good things for Judy.  I hope that everyone will soon begin to understand that they do not have to take sides to care about either one of us, because in the end we all want the same thing; answers and healing.  I hope too, that before long, Judy will feel the same way. Thank you for caring, Annette

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