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RIP

She was the kind of nurse I often wished I could be. And maybe, some time in the distant past, I was a bit like her.

Even-tempered. Caring. Always upbeat. Never once did I hear her make a snarky comment. Never heard her complain about the amount of work, the idiocy of management, the ingratitude of the patients for whom we bend over backwards without expecting anything in return, other than respect. Which nurses often don't get.

Compassionate. Soft-spoken. Always smiling. And none of this changed when she became so very sick. Sick to the point where she once, discreetly, held a basin under the desk in case the chemo treatment she'd just undergone might cause her to vomit.

It was a long, fierce battle, one she never complained about. As the sole carrier of the health benefits for her family, she worked nearly up till the very end. This alone proves she's a far better person than me, to not want to saddle her family with medical bills. I would have said, "Tough--I'm dying! I am not dragging myself to work."

The heavens are now shining a thousand times brighter.

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susanwrites
Apr. 3rd, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh I am so very sorry for the loss of this special person in your life. *hugs*
afraclose
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
My codolences for the loss of your friend.
christine444
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:10 am (UTC)
((Hugs))
cynthialord
Apr. 3rd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for the loss of someone who obviously made the world a better place.
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jeannineatkins
Apr. 3rd, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.

And, I like how you can make me smile even in grief. Because of the trueness of your voice. Constant as those stars.
tamarak
Apr. 3rd, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had her in your life. I wish it could have been for longer.
ophelialaughs
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you lost someone you admired...but sorrier that the world lost someone worth admiring.
goldiebug
Apr. 4th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
so very sorry. She sounds like a wonderful person. You were lucky to have known her.
aprilhenry
Apr. 5th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry. She sounds like a wonderful person.
lalam
Apr. 6th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh Jen, you've had so many losses recently. I am so sorry.
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