If you’re lucky, every once in a while you come across that one special person who just gets you…they understand where you’ve been, where you are now and your dreams for the future. Who knew that 11 years ago when I walked through the doors of the NICU, I would meet such a person. She was the first face I saw and the first one to welcome me into the very tight-knit NICU family. She has been an unbelievable support to me over the years, and although only slightly older than myself, she has been like my “work mom”. Not a day went by where we didn’t talk about each others lives and the ones we hold dearest to our hearts. When I lost my grandmother, almost 4 years ago, she was right there with open arms offering her support. Whenever I would walk into the unit and see her, I knew that regardless of how busy it was, it was going to be a good day. Now that she has retired, there is a huge hole in the NICU that no one will be able to fill. She is by far one of the most loyal, genuine, selfless, kindhearted souls I know and I am so beyond lucky to call her my dear friend.
So, Barb, as you set out on your new adventure…I wish you much peace, love & happiness. Enjoy the time spent with your husband, kids, mom and your sweet new granddaughter, Olivia. You have worked hard for so many years…this is your time…you deserve it. You are a special kind of special to everyone who knows you. We will get together soon, I promise. I love you and will miss you more than you know. All the best.