One balmy Wednesday morning in June, 1999, Maria had a spring in her step as she started her day as Nursing Director at the largest State Hospital in Pennsylvania. She loved her work. She loved her home. She loved life in general. Don’t get me wrong, her responsibilities could wear her out physically and mentally, but overall she felt like she was at the top of her game – strong, centered and purposeful in life.
She kept physically strong by walking most days and dancing with her energetic black Labrador Retriever, Alvin. Then out of the blue on this sunny June day, the worst nightmare of her life began. A crazed male nurse, whom Maria had terminated several months prior, burst into her office brandishing a gun. In a blink, she felt searing pain in her right wrist and chest. The sound of gunshots filled her head, propelling her into a chair, collapsing in a heap. She watched in horror as bright red blood melted into her lime green blouse.
From start to finish, the nightmare of being held hostage lasted forty-six hours. This translates to 2,760 minutes.
Maria didn’t speak over those hours, as she didn’t want to further provoke this drug-impaired, former nurse. Her mind, however, was going a mile a minute. She conjured images of the many strong women in her life, both alive and dead. She imagined their words of empowerment, support and love.
Her rescue and recovery are the next part of this story, the must read parts that have enabled Maria to become the Stronger Today woman that she is today.
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