Last post I mentioned how my mom decided to walk alone and fractured a lumbar. The consequences of this was that the liver cancer metastasized into her back. In other words, the Big C was large and in charge. She couldn't eat or walk, and she could barely speak. Mom lost her struggle on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 4:45 PM.
My mother was a truly remarkable woman. In addition to raising 8 children (all with the same father), she decided back in the early 70's to go back to school. She took night courses at Somerville High School, and then enrolled in a course to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. After working as an LPN for a few years, she learned of a brand new Nursing course starting at Bunker Hill Community College. She applied for admission in 1974, and was enrolled in the very first graduating Nursing class in BHCC history. She graduated with Honors in 1977 and also designed the Class Pin, which is still in use today.
Mom then went to work in her chosen field, starting at Mount Auburn Hospital as a night shift Nurse, and found employment at Doctors' Offices, including Dr. Joel Bleier of Medford, and Dr. Timothy Crane, late of Cambridge. Mom loved her patients and corresponded with them regularly, even after retirement.
Mom's last employer before she retired was The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerville. She was the Intake Coordinator for that organization for many years, and made many wonderful friends. Her boss, Linda Cornell, said she always had a place at their facility if she needed it.
Mom also enjoyed Ceramics Classes in her spare time. She had been a Thursday morning class member at Cozy Corner Ceramic Studio in Medford for many years. Many people have been recipients of her pieces over time.
Through all of her 56 years of married life, she loved her husband, my Dad, and her 8 children more than anything. She worked and sacrificed, and still managed to keep us all together as a family. She never lost her sense of humor, even through difficult times.
She was my best friend, and I will miss her terribly.