March Madness

March Madness

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!

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23 Responses to March Madness

  1. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! It’s beautiful I love the photos you put with it as well! Xoxo

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    • Emily, thank you for your comment and for your front line work in the hospital as an RN. I thought I would include a different photo not wearing your PPE. We appreciate all you do as a Registered Nurse. Be safe and stay healthy. Thoughts and prayers. oxoxox


  2. Thank you, Emily. Faith is truly the only way–up, out over and through. Blessings, love and prayers for all of us. Thanks for all you do! ❤

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  3. We are praying for you, Emily. God bless you.

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  4. Nancy C says:

    Loved Emily’s message. Change the F in fear to F in faith. What a message. What a mature Christian!!! Love that girl. I will continue to pray for her safety as she works with those who caught the virus. Please let Emily how proud I am of her

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    • Nancy, thank you so much. I shall forward your kind words to my daughter. She is indeed a Guardian Angel at her job as RN caring for COVID-19 patients on the front lines. Thank you for continued prayers.


  5. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    alle Hochachtung für deine Tochter Emily ,die in dieser schweren Zeit an vorderster Stelle in dieser Krisenzeit aufopfernd und engagiert ihren Beruf ausübt um Leben zu retten .Gott schütze Sie. Auch wir haben in unserem Familienverbund junge Ärtze bzw Ärtzinnen ,die unmittelbar mit infizierten Patienten zu tun haben.
    Liebe Mary Ann, groß ist sicherlich auch deine Sorge um das Wohlbefinden deiner Tochter. Hoffen können wir nur,daß die Krise bald zu Ende geht und die Anzahl der Opfer begrenzt bleibt.
    Reduzierte Aktivitäten und Zurückhaltung,so schwer es auch fällt ,helfen sicher ohne Schaden zu überleben.

    Dir,liebe Mary Ann ,Russell, und deinen Kindern wünschen ich alles Liebe und Gute und Emily ganz besonders viel Kraft .
    Bleibt gesund,
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      wir sind sehr dankbar für Deine freundlichen Worte in dieser schwierigen Zeit. Möge Gott Deich und auch Deine Familie beschützen. Mögen die jungen Ärzte und alle Angehörigen der Gesundheitsberufe auf der ganzen Welt sicher und gesund bleiben. Wir beten viel und besuchen die tägliche Online-Messe, um einen Hoffnungsschimmer zu bekommen. Ich habe großes Einfühlungsvermögen für alle und wünsche mir, dass alle während dieses Krieges gegen einen unsichtbaren Feind gesund und sicher bleiben. Wir werden dies auch überwinden. Bleib stark, sicher und gesund. Ich wünsche Dir alles Gute und alles Gute für Deine Familie.
      Bleibt gesund!
      Deine Mary Ann “”__””


  6. Clare Pooley says:

    Thank you, Mary Ann, for sharing this and thank you, Emily for all you do and for being so brave.

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