Family & Healthcare professional
My grandmother had a beautiful smile. She was one of the most giving people that I have ever known. Often, people from our church and neighborhood would come by for one of Ms. Rena`s meals. One of my favorite memories from her home is the aroma of fresh baked bread, hot from the oven. If you were hungry, she would feed you. If you needed to be held, her lap was perfect.
Over 50 years ago, I was sitting on the swing of our front porch when I noticed that my grandmother's face was twisted, and she could not speak. I ran to the kitchen to get my Mom. I watched the ambulance take her down the long flight of stairs. They were going to take her to Lynchburg General Hospital. I felt such a sense of loss. Everyone in my family was crying and the neighbors were standing on the side walk as she was loaded into the ambulance. It was one of the saddest days of my life.
So here I am in 2011, trying to make a difference. I am an Emergency Room Nurse with over 35 years of experience. I am very passionate about stroke...it robbed me of my grandmother. As an advocate, maybe I can prevent this from happening to some other little girl`s grandmother. Maybe I can educate a community and maybe, my Grandmother Serena would have been proud of me.