My Mom, My Hero During COVID
COVID-19 has blown through our lives like a category 5 hurricane and caused disruption, death, and despair. But as after any storm, the sun will shine bright and bring new life. This global pandemic has brought the world together in many ways — just look at how first responders and essential workers are putting their own lives at risk to help humanity. One of those first responders is my hero — and she also happens to be my mom.
My mom, Sammra, is an echocardiographer at a hospital in New Jersey. She is trained to use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose heart problems in patients.
When the coronavirus struck, she was called as a first responder to do her job and help her patients. At the height of the pandemic, she shared with me how there were days when, as she finished with one patient and went to see the next to perform an ultrasound, the first patient had already passed away. It was heartbreaking and traumatizing doing this job day in and day out while experiencing tremendous loss. But the call to serve is greater than the fear of death or disease. My mother continued to serve not only her patients but her peers.
Shining Bright After the Storm
When there was a shortage of masks, she figured out a way to get more masks and head coverings for her department. With her own money, she purchased fabric and elastic and hired a tailor to make these essential supplies for her team. Her kind gesture was met with endless gratitude from her peers. In moments like this, the little things become the big things.
"The call to serve is greater than the fear of death or disease. My mother continued to serve not only her patients but her peers."
I am in awe of my mother’s kindness and commitment to always helping others.
My mother is like the sun that shines bright after the storm, bringing hope and joy to everyone in her life. Thank you, Mom, for being the kind of woman who shows up for her family, friends, patients, and community, every single day. Thank you for risking your life to help those who need it the most. Thank you for being simply awesome. I love you.