Dtermnd2Bgreat, you can't ask without answering your own question ...
Having strong, independent women as role models in my life.
My great-grandmother (1901-1996 RIP, my great one) especially! She shared her story of practicing her right to vote, and how important it was. She witnessed the women's sufferage movement, and recalled the women before her that did not have the right to vote.
She was my mother's grandmother. My mother has certainly blazed paths in her own right. Mom fought the local schools for equal treatment of my physically handicapped brother. In the early 80's public schools in rural America still had the mentality to place any "abnormal" child into a specialized program for MRDD. My brother was not MRDD! Mom won the battle, and my brother flourished. She utilized the specialist's my brother had in the Maryland/D.C area to fight and win. Home health at the time was not available for her and my brother. She learned to give my brother's meds thru his Broviac catheter in his abdomen. She changed his sterile dressings, and performed neuro checks.
If he had changes, my parents, my brother and I would drive 350miles to Maryland/D.C., and he would be under observation or have a shunt revision. No hospitals in Ohio could offer the care he needed in 1976.
My brother's physician initially was Dr. Thomas Milhorat
"In 1969, Dr. Milhorat was appointed Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Child Health and Development at George Washington University School of Medicine. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1974. While in Washington, Dr. Milhorat's investigations on hydrocephalus and the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) led to landmark articles in Science
, The New England Journal of Medicine
and the Journal of Neurosurgery
. He also authored four books, including the classical monograph Hydrocephalus and the Cerebrospinal Fluid
(1972)" QUOTE from Dr Thomas H Milhorat | Neurosurgeon
I remember him slightly. I remember his office, and him sitting at his desk. It always smelled of cigars. If not for this man's passion, expertise, knowledge, and persistence my brother would have never
had the opportunity to achieve what he did. (1976-2010, I love you brother). This is not only true for my brother, but also thousands of children and people that have benefited from his life's passion. He moved to N.Y. before my brother was 5 yrs. old.
Unfortunately, Dr. Milhorat was forced into retirement after an incident that I find does not trump his contributions to neurosurgery.
Dr. Mary Kathryn Hammock took over as my brother's Pediatric Neurosurgeon. I remember her VERY well. I witnessed her treatment of my brother in such a beautiful, indescribable, passionate reverence ... you would have to have known her to understand. She was persistent and awe inspiring, to all that knew her. I learned from her about persistence just by being in her presence.
She passed away in 2006. There is an article, if interested, in the WINS News Autumn 2006 publication.
I became a RN because of the above ramble, and because ....
The nurses in the hospital were always smiling, they gave my parents encouragement thus giving the shy, scared little girl HOPE, and my belly quit aching (could've been the popsicles they gave me). Every time he was hospitalized, the nurses made me feel like I was some how important just being there. The amount of time I was permitted to be at the hospital was limited, yet it was enough that they impressed me greatly .... because of them I knew he would be coming home, all better soon!
Once home, I was his protector-bully-fighting-hand-holding sister. I was very persistent in being so! From the school bus, until he was 34yrs old, then the role reversed. Now I know he is protecting me from above!!