When I sat by Jimmy’s bed to comfort him, I was the one seeking reassurance. I thought of the pain scale that hangs in a doctor’s office or in an ER’s bay. There should be one for caregivers. I was a ten at all times and Jimmy was barely registering on the scale. When he was asked about his pain, he’d pick a low number to keep everything going. He wanted the party to continue for more days.
But I knew he was barely alive.
I had moved to NYC for a job and to be close to Sam, but after four years of dating I still wondered if marriage was right for me. Aside from understanding how Jimmy managed his mental health issues, the most important question I’d ask Jimmy was the recipe of true love. I wanted to know how Jimmy knew Hazel was the one.
I had a ton of questions about love, but I knew I should cover the most important ground in case we ran out of time.
I asked Jimmy about young Hazel, and he glowed more than usual when he talked about meeting his bride. He was proud, smitten, and in love more than I had ever seen before.
Jimmy told me about his first date with Hazel.
- From Chapter 13: True Love
"As Much As I Care to Forget"
Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Emily graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and obtained her Masters in Journalism and Public Policy at American University in Washington, DC. She served as the Scientific Communications Director of the National Kidney Foundation in New York City from 2006 – 2014; and as a Communications Specialist at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. The unifying thread to Howell’s career in patient advocacy is her experience generating awareness for public health issues by developing and disseminating health messaging locally and globally.
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