There are so many unsung heroes I could never list them all. Today, I want to focus on those that care for the ill and aged.
Our bodies are miraculous creations. Think of the complex systems that work in concert: musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, integumentary system, urinary system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, nervous system and reproductive system. But when the delicate balance is destroyed, illness and injury prevail.
Every day across this planet there are those who have elected to care for others. As long as we are strong and cocky, we never give them a thought. But, each one of us will become dependent on the kindness and knowledge of the medical community, those individuals who go to work each day to face heart wrenching stories with a smile. Some battles they can win, some will be lost and others will gradually unfold. Patient need is 24 hours, 7 days a week. Illness and injury do not take weekends, vacations and holidays off.
Healthcare is a business for the bean counters, which is a necessary evil, so that quality care is available. But, the warriors are those who study and practice countless years. They continue to learn, research and grow in their crafts as they treat their patients with compassion. Their patients are given comfort and hope.
My plea is that you take a minute to remember someone who has helped you in your darkest hour. Give thanks and extend a hand to another as our unsung heroes do every day.