Mary was in her early 20s and 5.5 months pregnant with her first child, a daughter. Her military husband had received transfer orders. Although Mary was apprehensive when she considered leaving her parents and friends, she was so excited about the upcoming birth of their daughter that she eagerly stayed behind to pack their belongings and make one last visit to her obstetrician before following her husband across country.
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Jean St. Clair, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia. Her clinical focus is oncology and terminal renal patients. She is a volunteer with the breast cancer witness program. Jean attends Berean Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.