Listen in the Silence | Shelley Danzy

January 14, 2015 11:03 PM

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My mother's final silence speaks loudly. She passed away at age 58. The brain aneurysm, strokes, heart disease and high blood pressure stemmed from high stress levels -- many self-imposed -- in order to have a successful career as a psychiatric nurse.

Her occasional overtime became full-time. Countless evenings at the hospital turned into overnights that turned into double shifts, and what I call triple shifts, since she accepted lengthy phone calls at home from those who were supposed to have relieved her. Then there were stacks of folders and p...

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