identities do you have? Most of us women have multiple identities–and we aren’t talking “the many faces of Eve” or Sybil. We are daughters, sisters, mothers, wives and friends. But many of us also have a professional identity.
identity has always been as a nurse.
advice. The diversity of end-of-life experiences is fascinating. It was by far the most rewarding portion of my career!
disease is the #1 cause of death for us.
become complacent about indigestion, nagging back discomfort between the
shoulder blades, and pressure in the chest. These are all symptoms of heart problems.
dramatic with their symptoms like the sensation of an “elephant on their chests” and profuse
symptoms–and our symptoms usually are vague! It took me multiple physicians, tests and practically begging doctors
to recognize that I am not a hypochondriac. Unfortunately by the time I received
proper treatment, my declining heart function left me unable to return to my identity as a nurse.
helping me find a new identity as I adjust to my physical limitations. This is
how I have become Joanna’s Virtual Assistant because she allows me to help her
as my health permits. Plus I get to read all the books I can, which never
will blog about a health issue (can’t let all the nursing knowledge go to
waste, can I?) Let me know if there is a topic you would like to hear about and
I will write about it, along with answering your comments.
my new identity — and to getting to know all of you better!