Miles, Years, and Cyberspace

Miles, Years, and Cyberspace

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By 1975, we were both accepted into the school’s first nursing class to earn an Associate Degree in Science. Over two memorable years, my life was enriched by my teachers, by my patients, and by my deepening friendship with Dorothy.

Our outdoor walks cured just about everything. Dorothy’s passion and sense of adventure ensured joy in the present moment. Exploring paths I had never before considered, I felt a new level of contentment. Well-traveled both stateside and abroad, she told me, “There is life outside of here,” and expanded my limited view of the world. During our time together I received honors grades and, for the first time, felt comfortable with those whose lives were foreign to mine.

Following graduation, I worked for a time in the intensive care unit of my hometown hospital. Then, with Dorothy’s words in mind, and one hundred fifty dollars in my pocket; with neither job prospects nor a place to live, I moved to Colorado. What I did have was confidence in myself, and the trust that things would work out well. I owed much of that to my friendship with Dorothy.
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About the Author : Debbie McCullis

Debbie McCulliss is a nurse, writer, certified applied poetry facilitator and journal writing instructor. She has a keen interest in narrative medicine and writing stories/poetry about the lived experience of illness and healing. On faculty at the Therapeutic Writing Institute/Center for Journal Therapy, she teaches "Body Stories" and independently facilitates writing/poetry classes and retreats.

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