by guest author, Emily Catherine, R.N. and my daughter
The time of year that would be filled with excitement now that spring is approaching and summer is right around the corner has arrived. I grew up in an area which did not have any major league sports teams, so we became the biggest fan base for our local college. March Madness was a time to fill out basketball brackets and to pick which team would win the entire tournament. I always picked my home team because home is where the heart is. It only felt right regardless of their state for the year.
Fast forward to now, and March has sadly become madness, a word that profoundly describes what the world currently feels like especially for those fighting in a war against an invisible enemy, COVID-19. We trained to be healers as Registered Nurses. When our gift of healing is threatened, weakened or damaged, fear enters into play. Fear for our patients, fear for our loved ones, fear for our friends, colleagues, and fear for our own lives. Fear has the ability to make or break us as humans. Fear is the enemy.
To overcome this fear, I have replaced it with faith. Faith that we were placed in these roles as healers for a reason; faith that we will come out stronger, faith that we will unite as the most powerful force on the frontline, faith that we will find peace, faith that we will comfort those during a time of greatest need because no one deserves to feel alone; faith that even when it feels like the world is crumbling down and all that’s left to do is to cry, the heart beats on reminding us that we are alive. So whatever Greater Being you believe in, or perhaps not believe in, just know that we are in this together. I am praying for all of us. In this March Madness bracket, I choose us as the winning team. Stay strong!