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Life before and after Covid19.

My Story.

By Yvette HerdPublished 20 days ago 3 min read

Growing up in the West Indies as a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a nurse. The time came and I got the opportunity to travel to Canada, I was happy and sad at the same time. Happy that I got the chance to travel and sad that I was leaving my family behind. I did not get accepted into the nursing program, so I decided to become a personal support worker.

I loved working in the field because I got to work with different types of people, for example young adults, old seniors and the elderly in different establishments. I worked throughout the pandemic taking care of clients who had the virus. This was very hard for me because I loss my mom during the pandemic, and I did not get to say goodbye, I could not travel because every thing was shut down. I lost a few of my clients, also a few of my co workers from Covid 19. I will never forget the pain and the hurt their family members went through.

We spend most of our lives working for someone, it takes us away from spending time with our loved ones. After my mom passed away, I realized that family is very important and that life is to short, to work yourself to death. You will never be able to live the kind of life that you want, if you continue to work for someone. I am hoping to change that, so I can have some sort of quality of life and spend more time with my family.

March 2017 my mom's brother passed away in Florida from cancer. In August of that same year, another brother passed away. My uncles were identical twins. They came into this world the same year and left us the same year together. Two years after their passing, my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. Three years after my uncles passed away, I loss my mom on the 5th of April 2020. It was just around the same time when covid19 took the world by surprised causing everything to lockdown.

I am a healthcare worker and while I was dealing with my own loss, I had to work throughout the pandemic, taking care of patients with the virus. I had three days bereavement, it was not enough time for me to grief for my mother. It was very hard for me, it still feels like yesterday.

I had a hard time dealing with the loss of my mother. That grief stayed with me all the time. I needed some closure so I went to visit her grave in December 2022. It was not the same , mom wasn't there to greet me with a big hug. I had to face the reality that she is no longer here and try to accept the fact that she is really gone.

Three years after my mom passed away, I loss my sister on the 24th of December 2023 and she was laid to rest on the 6th January 2024. One month after my sister passed away, I loss my brother suddenly on the 29th of January 2024, he had a heart attack. He was laid to rest on the 11th of February 2024. February 18th 2024 I lost another family member. My aunt's son , my first cousin passed away. I think that this leap year is going to be a very challenging year for my family. I felt like the curse of death was hanging over my family and I am still trying to deal with all these death in my family.

The End:

P.S. Time loss can never be regained:


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  • Andrea Corwin 19 days ago

    Oh wow, such heartbreak for you. Tell everyone about time lost can never be regained because people get so busy they forget this. I hope this Leap Year is better than you expect. I hope you manifest happiness this year!

  • Thanks Angela for your warm thoughts

  • angela hepworth20 days ago

    It really is trauma, and only time will heal it. I wish you the very best with coping with these difficult feelings and situations.

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