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Social Workers, Thank You for Your Dedication!
A piece from a Social Worker:
“Linda, a single mother waiting in a crowd outside a free clinic hoping to find a dignified place for help and speak to a social worker. “Linda you look beautiful,” I said as she smiled and walked to the exam room. Her face was glowing. She was radiant, wearing a blue shirt and pearl necklace. Nevertheless, our fears were confirmed that her previous biopsy was incorrect. She, in fact, had stage three breast cancer. I entered the room with the provider, her eyes gazed at mine. As I listened to the provider explain the diagnosis I gave a comforting smile, “It is no coincidence you are here; we are not going anywhere and I will be here to navigate through the next steps.” “How am I going to tell my children,” she cried. I could hear her desperation. Linda’s life was on hold. All her energy had to go to addressing this mountain in her life.
After surgery, I spoke with Linda for follow-up. “I feel mutilated,” Linda voiced. “I am so ugly.” I was ready to explain her good prognosis but was taken back by this deeper pain. She was disfigured and I couldn’t lie to her. I embraced the words Abraham Lincoln once spoke, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” Alone with Linda, I encouraged her to see herself as a beautiful, strong woman and all she had overcome. To this day, she has testified what that meant for her and not even to mention how it impacted me.
I have worked side by side as a social worker with providers over the last four years constantly interpreting good and bad news to our patients.
As a healthcare social worker, helping those individuals with no access to healthcare is overwhelming. Seeing the social side of medicine has grown my heart fonder for the lost and lonely.
From an underprivileged family to Linda’s case as a middle-class teacher, I knew where I belonged; serving others. My gift is this journey that has narrowed down my desires and brought clarity to my passion. Being a social worker has taught me so much as I see miracles every day. I know we help heal those in need but giving hope is a miracle in itself.”
Social workers are responsible for the well-being of others as well as improving their quality of life. They not only go above and beyond to serve those in need such as the elderly but they also make sure that there are proper resources in place upon discharge from hospitals and rehab facilities. These resources include home health therapy, Meals on Wheels, and transportation services.
We’re celebrating Social Worker Month throughout March and specifically today, we honor social worker day! On behalf of North Star Senior Advisors, we thank all social workers for their dedication and compassion in the health care community. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed!
For more information about North Star Senior Advisors, visit northstarsa.com or call a Senior Advisor at 407-796-1582.