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doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000342997.55102.16
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The Rosary

Plomin, Mary Kay RN

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MARY KAY PLOMIN, RN, is an oncology staff nurse at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, having recently made a career change from being an accountant for 20 years: “I hung up my pencil, calculator, and depreciation schedules for a stethoscope, a prescription drug manual, and a sympathetic ear,” she writes. “I gave up helping people make money for HELPING PEOPLE LIVE, if only for an extra moment or two, which I have now realized that at times, it may be just that. I'm loving every moment of my new career.” She wrote this poem about a young patient she cared for recently.

He was all alone, silently suffering, in agonizing pain.

Staying alive served only one purpose, to nourish the CANCER.

He cried and asked the nurse, “Has my short life been lived in vain?”

“I've been a good husband, father, son and brother.”

She sat quietly listening to this young patient talk about his life.

He was slowly relaxing after the IV shot of morphine

He asked her, “What can I do, how do I survive?

She asked him, “Do you believe in prayer, in the unseen?”

“My only advice is to pray, here's a Rosary, it's alive.”

“As in the Beatle's song “Let it Be”..…

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me”

“Speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it be.”

“There will be an answer, let it be.”

As the nurse left the room, this young man was silent and peaceful.

He had found his peace in this magnificent Rosary, he was finally FREE.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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