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A dream come true... graduation day, 1966

How proud I was... I could finally wear that white uniform and the cap of my school of nursing... Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. The cap was the symbol of an eagle, and I was now ready to open my wings and fly free. Little did I know that this would only be the beginning of a long life of learning, and a life of caring. I had no idea how many people's lives I would touch and what a profound effect that these patients and their families would have on my own life.

I graduated with the award of excellence in bedside nursing. An ultimate reward for anyone wanting to spend a career at the bedside. But now I had an award that I would strive through the years to honor. I would come to understand that the most precious gift a nurse can give a patient is the gift of trust... the trust to care for your life and to be your advocate. Is there anything more daunting than to know you can make such a profound difference?

With this in mind... I share with you my experiences and look forward to your comments. There are millions of nurses in the world who on a daily basis give loving care to their patients, relieve pain, save lives, comfort the dying, provide support to families and do so with little public recognition. I celebrate each of these nurses and hope you will take the time to thank those nurses who may touch your life.

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MarcViskens27-Jul-2015 19:15
a very beautiful photo
and a caring soul
you have a great heart Fay
Melanie M. 01-Apr-2012 01:30
Beautiful portrait, Fay! I am so glad I've stumbled on your blog!
Roland16-Feb-2012 17:52
A very kind and caring face that would make a patient feel safe. Wonderful image. BV
H. P. Henriksen Starman25-Jun-2011 18:43
At days when life seems meaningless, when you are finding no direction in life, it is important to remember that someone cares.
Margot W13-May-2011 17:17
I am full of emotion with this first gallery photo I am reading. Also I am filled with anticipation for the coming stories from your comments I am about to view.
I'm sure 'you' were a dream come true in many people's lives.
Linda & Pär Johansson02-Feb-2011 09:00
What a wonderful attitude you have towards life! Beautiful portrait of you!
larose forest photos19-Jul-2010 00:28
How wonderful to see this early photo of you. Very beautiful.
Guest 11-Jan-2010 21:40
You are such a beautiful lady Fay, and I loved reading your touching memories. We need more people like you in the world!!
Fay Stout15-Aug-2009 21:27
To my most recent guest... Thank you for taking the time to view this gallery. I so much appreciate it!
Guest 15-Aug-2009 21:19
Thank You and God Bless you.
Anthea's Photography07-Jul-2009 13:57
Beautiful picture Fay, you're gorgeous! Anthea :o)
Joe attinello 07-Jun-2009 23:24
I think you are a swell-swell person and maybe the best Nurse in the world but only know you
as my friend's wife. Not allowed to love you to much but I like your story and history and
I think your photography is very good. I wish I could have been able to accomplish even a
small part of all you have done in your life. I always thought Dick was the lucky guy and
not only in detecting. Wishing you many more years of happy life.
j>a>e>17 :):):)30-Mar-2009 10:09
beautiFULLL rainbow heartsinging angle o'mercy YOU ARE :):):) i love this & our "world gone awry" sooo NEEEDS way way WAY more like YOU :):):) you'lll sooo NEVER walk alone :):):) you KNOW :):):)
Guest 28-Feb-2009 02:24
Thanks La-La! I am crying now! I am definitely your emotional daughter! I had to stop reading because it was making me sad. However - How proud and lucky I am to have you as my Mother! I love you!
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