Updated: May 3, 2020
Dear essential workers,
Thank you for your service!
Mentioned in one of my recent posts, the initial reason for sewing masks is attributed to my resilient grandmother. My grandmother was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer a little over 10 years ago. Since then, she has fought wholeheartedly as the cancer has spread throughout her body. She drives herself [her preference] to the hospital two, sometimes three, times a week to receive cancer treatments. Instead of just being a possibility, COVID19 is a reality for her.
These past couple of weeks have been extremely difficult after learning that my grandmother tested positive for COVID 19. Haunted by uncertainty, my family and I were unable to be by the side of my grandmother as she fought through yet another battle. It was heartbreaking to realize that after over ten years of battling terminal cancer, the one thing that would possibly take the life of such a wonderful warrior was this horrific virus - and yet IT DID NOT!!! She is still fighting despite all circumstances.
My heart goes out to those who are also fighting this awful battle. My heart goes out to those who have loved ones in the hospital and are unable to be by their side. My heart goes to those who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to each and every healthcare hero working diligently on the frontline of this pandemic. My heart goes out to all essential workers risking their lives at grocery stores, pharmacies, delivering mail, and fulfilling all other essential roles in serving their communities.
What we are all currently experiencing reminds me of the importance of service and how each and every one of us relies on one another in an inevitable symbiotic system. Within the midst of this current crisis lies the opportunity to discover and adopt new ways that we can all contribute to our community which must first start with ourselves. Within my experience as a healer, more often than less, I encounter clients who are willing to do whatever it takes to help someone else in need, with the exception of first helping themselves. I've done it as well and still do. In fact, I recently caught myself doing this exact thing.