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I Should have called her the gardener…

on March 31, 2020

Hey y’all,

I’ve been struggling with making progress on a few writing projects then something came up and the words came easy.

About a month ago, I’d previously posted about a nursing instructor that made an impact on me. More recently, on Instagram, a site called Vocal invited people to write about a woman that influenced them for Women’s History month.

I thought about that instructor and wrote a more detailed / refined essay. I shared a little more than I did in my prior post. Below is the address:

*I think you might need to put this up in your address bar to avoid the nuisance of creating an account on Vocal Media to get in.

If your able to take a few minutes to read it, I’d be so grateful!

Please never mind the tip thing at the bottom!



7 responses to “I Should have called her the gardener…

  1. DM says:

    What a beautiful tribute Susan, and what a gift to have her in your life @ that point in your training. Gave me goosebumps reading it. I get what you said about struggling to find the words..then bam, a topic/ person, something important comes along and the words just flow. Probably why I’m mostly quiet these days on the blog. When the fire (passion) is there, the words just flow. Take care. DM

  2. DM says:

    ps Just wondering…any chance Susie Forehand would still be alive? Not sure how old she was when you had her as a teacher…guessing she would be in her 80’s or 90’s? Second question..did you ever have a chance to interact with her again after you graduated from college?..questions, questions 🙂

    • Susan says:

      I did see her about, I’d say, eight or nine years ago. I was working in Endoscopy. She was in the waiting area when I went to call for a family member to come to the post procedure area. I recognized her and said “Hello, you probably don’t remember me. I was one of your students.” Her response, ” Yes I do. So, you made it through. Now go back to work.”
      No joke. She said it real matter of fact, like she was still my instructor. Love it!

  3. BETH says:

    Nursing is becoming harder and harder as outside management takes over, but I’m glad you’re still in it. I am also happy to know who inspired you and how.

  4. Wow. What an amazing woman and story-telling.

    I am also stunned by the idea of segregation in a hospital. I live in Canada. It was not as obvious here but I’m sure there was lots of discrimination (still is in some ways with some populations particular Indigenous. Which is sad and frustrating. We can be so much better than that as human beings.)

    Thank you for sharing your story Susan — and for your comment on my blog today. So greatly appreciated. Be safe. Be healthy.

  5. CarolCooks2 says:

    Segregation always makes me so sad but what an amazing lady she was to rise above it all. Be safe and well 😊Thank you for the follow, Susan 🙏

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