A Voice for Every Christian Woman
I grew up in a little country community in New South Wales, Australia, the second youngest child of five. When I turned five I began a two teacher, twenty children school. Thankfully my two elder sisters were there before me as I was an extremely shy child and they were my protectors. My father returned from serving in the Middle East and on the Kakoda Trail, a shattered man. He served just over three years in World War 2 and I was conceived and born, straight after he came home. My mother was a strong Christian having been brought up in the faith. We attended a Mission non denomination church and Sunday school. It was from her and attending services that my own strong faith developed. I had been born three days prior Christmas, so mum named me Crystal Mary. My first name was unusual in those days and many people since have questioned whether I changed my name. LOL.
My dream was to become a singer or a dancer, although I attended classes for neither. In fact our only other extracurriculam besides school was a few farm chorus. My mother couldn't afford to spend money on any trivial pursuits, as these were considered to be. I did very well at school, listened well and learned. I did not mention to my mother anything about my dream, but I lived my desires through books and photos of lovely ballet dancers.
Mum decided I should follow in family footsteps and be a nurse. So at seventeen I began that journey but quit when I married. Over the years of an abusive marriage and four children I worked part time in family businesses and then finally full time in our own business. At the end of my twenty nine year marriage, I returned to nursing. What a change had occurred in that time. After working for a couple of years in a hospital, I decided to attend University and receive a higher education. The course runs for three years full time in Australia, and then usually you are mentored as a new graduate in a hospital for one year, I didn't have to do the last year. I did however, study for a further year for a Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing.
As the last person in the door for a shift at my hospital one day, all eyes watched as a sentence was delivered. The nurse unit manager declared someone was to work that day in the Emergency Department, so I was to go. That was terrifying. Everything is so fast in that very busy department, and, it was not my specialty. But amazingly I decided I loved it. So with further studies, Emergency became my forte and I became a Fast Tracker R.N.
I had to be on the ball and accurate, and I loved it.
In time I traveled to the USA, married Raymond from Tennessee, lived there for three years, and sat for Boards, so that I could work.
I met many wonderful people, including my best friend Nancy, a fellow Christian R.N. who still lives there.
So thats some of who I am.... what about YOU!! Lets hear from some others.