Parrish Medical Center Respiratory Therapist Sharon M. shared this personal
story of finding strength through healing moments. Her son, Travis, has
battled a serious illness since 2008 when he was just 14 years old. While
other boys his age were tackling homework and spending time with their
friends, Travis was here, spending time in the hospital.
"Travis has been admitted many times - sometimes for weeks at a time,"
Sharon explained. "The staff has always gone the extra mile for us.
Travis was always greeted with open arms, smiles and loving care. They
treat us like family!"
Sharon recalls one specific occasion when Travis had to be hospitalized
out of town for six weeks. PMC care partners raised $3,000 and donated
personal leave time so she wouldn’t have to worry about not receiving
a paycheck. "I don’t know what I would have done without the
support of this hospital," she said.
During those many years, Travis, while not feeling well, was not only able
to graduate high school, but he was also able to initiate and complete
his Eagle Scout project. Next time you are out in the courtyard, look
for the arbors. Beneath them you will see a stone engraved with this quote:
Finding strength through healing moments.
Travis, along with the help of scouts from Troop 497, family and friends,
constructed the arbors and the healing garden. Sharon is filled with joy
and pride when telling of his accomplishments. Travis found his strength
through the healing moments he received from care partners.
Travis is 24 years old now and, happily, he’s quite a different person.
His health has improved and he feels good. "We are taking it one
day at a time," said Sharon, "but he is doing so much better!
He is starting college in the fall, and is finally able to take part in
activities he has missed out on. He even began volunteering at PMC, to
show his appreciation and pay it forward."
"Words cannot express my gratitude; thank you for treating us like
family," she said. "Thank you to everyone that had a hand in
his care and to those that just offered a smile and a kind word. Thank
you, especially, to the fifth floor nurses, for your excellence and for
your shoulder when I needed it. Thank you, Chaplain Jerald Smith, for
being there during the hard times and now for sharing in my joy. Thank
you all, and remember that we are family through the good times and the