Newberry resident Nancy Lose has a story to tell, one of perseverance, being positive and keeping your inner child alive.
She credits these as the main reasons for why she is where she is today.
After a 10-year stay at ManorCare South, Lose finally came home with a different attitude.
"I can't believe the way things have changed since I've been back," she said. "Williamsport is so different!"
Although she misses the activities offered, she said that nursing homes sometimes can be very lonely places.
"Sometimes places like that are so understaffed, it's hard for the residents, too."
At the nursing home, Lose was very reliant on others to help her do everyday things. And although she is paralyzed on her left side, now with the help of her caregiver, "Sis" Huffman, she is almost completely self-sufficient.
"If I could title Nancy's story, it would be 'Amazing!' " Huffman said about Lose.
Lose has made impeccable progress in the eight months that she's been home, working on transitions and maneuvering herself around her house that she shares with her roommate, Pat Herb, in her electric wheelchair.
When Huffman met Lose at ManorCare South eight months ago, she saw the potential that she had and decided it was her mission to make sure Lose could live at home.
Huffman said she has a heart for taking care of the elderly, and her mission is to make it comfortable and possible for them to live at home as long as they can and not have to rely on nursing homes where they might not get as much as care as they need or want.
Lose describes Huffman as her "therapist and chauffeur," but she does so with a smile; Huffman truly is part of Lose's family. The two interact with a bond that can be seen and Lose is very grateful for Huffman and the work and effort she put into bettering Lose's life. She encourages Lose to keep on the go.
"She is always on the go!" Huffman said. "I would never want any other job."
Huffman is at Lose's home each day from 7 to 9:30 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and then 7 to 9:30 p.m. During the other hours, Lose's roommate, Herb takes care of her.
Lose stresses the importance of always being positive, and always keeping your inner child alive.
"We're all kids! Never grow old, and always be kind," she said, adding that she has always wanted to go to Disney World. "I've never been there, it's my dream. I love Mickey Mouse!"
Lose is a member of First Christian Church of Montoursville, and is an avid church-goer, attending every Sunday that she can. She even brings Huffman with her sometimes. She loves reading Christian stories and collecting stamps.
She also loves to play computer games.
"I like to be on the computer, I'm learning a lot of games. I play the slot-machine games, mystery games, 'find-the-hidden-object' games, all kinds," Lose said. "I want to take a course on computers some day just to see what I can do with it. I want to be part of this century too!"
Previously, she worked at Sylvania in Montoursville for many years.
"I loved doing the work, I worked on the machinery. It was very interesting. They worked on chips for NASA," Lose said. Although she does not work now, she still has ambitions of wanting to be out and about.
"I'd love to be a greeter at a store, maybe Kohl's. I love to work. I love to talk,too," Lose said. She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1966.
Lose is a testament to perseverance, and for her, the hard part is over and she's only going to make it better.