"...just as I was about to walk down that hallway, into the light, I heard your voice..."
Michel Travick, Health & Biomedical Sciences
TranscriptMy mother had always been my best friend. She was my inspiration to be a strong woman, my inspiration to be a kind woman, just an overall picture of what I always wanted to be. She got sick and gave me one of the best gifts I think anyone could ever give to a child. “My last day in the hospital, I almost died,” she said. “But just as I was about to walk down that hallway, into the light, I heard your voice: no mommy, not that way, this way.” She said that I grabbed her hand and turned her around. “That’s when I woke up,” she said. “That’s why whenever I’m home, I ask you, to rub my feet. That’s why whenever we go somewhere, I ask you, to come with me. You’re my strength,” she said. My mom died when I was 12 years old. I realized I wanted to be a nurse. She also taught me that a child can give you everything. She let me know that children give adults strength all the time. When a child smiles, it can change your whole day. My Philosophy of Healthcare is to nurture a child, so that they in turn, can become a healer in their own right, and to be and have that childlike spirit for adults so that they can know that they still have the strength to go on.
Updated: November 4, 2010 - 10:43am - by Yvette Saliba