A story and gift of gratitude from a patient’s daughter!

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By Jennifer Herrera

nurse patient careWhen my father was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, one that is typically diagnosed in children, we were in shock. Cancer did not run in our family, we thought: diabetes, yes; cancer, no. My father’s diagnosis began a journey and an education that I sense every family deals with when a loved one is at the center of an illness. It was an interesting process on so many levels.

We were lucky to be invited to a hospital where a leading physician was studying the type of cancer my father was experiencing and began round-the-clock care as he moved through various stages. Throughout his 10-week hospital stay, which began in isolation, I spent a few weeks there, often sleeping in his room to be near to him and to hopefully help him be more comfortable. I remember distinctly all the different nurses coming in, checking his vitals, preparing him for his chemotherapy, administering his therapy, and so many other parts of what it means when one temporarily lives in a hospital. I remember how we got to know the nurses and eventually their schedules and shifts, looking forward to seeing the ones we’d made a connection with. I was so grateful for their care, their tenderness, and professionalism. Sometimes when they came in for an early morning check-in or a shift change, my father would be a bit crabby, and I had to remind him what was going on. They were so patient with my father, and I really understood they were excellent at their jobs.

Fast forward to today, I am grateful to share my father is almost 5 years in remission, and that entire process could have looked very different if it wasn’t for the time and attention from that nursing staff. Although the doctors were informative, patient and kind, too, it was the nursing staff that created the space for my father to really get better. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the role that they play in our healthcare system. Truly, it would not function without them.

...if it wasn’t for the time and attention from that nursing staff Click To Tweet

When David Couper asked me to assist him in sharing our upcoming meditation program with the healthcare community, I have to admit I had only a glimmer of what that was really going to look like. How does one offer a gift of meditation to a community that already feels so full with things to do? After we begin a meditation practice, we discover that meditation is really more a way of being rather than a thing to do. However, it does begin like anything else, with a first step.

I dwell in the space of possibility and optimism, and that was how I have approached every member of the healthcare community I have had the privilege of speaking with about this FREE 21 day meditation program, Caring for Others; Caring for Yourself. For 21 days, you will be gifted an email with a link to a 5-8 minute meditation experience that you can listen to at any time during your day. This program was created for the healthcare professional – it is brief, it speaks to the path of becoming a caregiver, what all that really means, and it will leave you in peace.

How about putting yourself first for a just a few minutes a day for 21 days? You know what they say about the power of 21 days and creating new habits.

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Jennifer Herrera is a consultant with David Couper Consulting, a strategic-effectiveness consulting firm focused on
10253913_10205555894071583_5284861535553151496_nthe real bottom-line in business: PEOPLE. Click here to learn more about David’s 21 Day Meditation Program for Healthcare Professionals: Caring for Others; Caring for Yourself.

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