Battle Scars

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Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Twenty years ago today, I stood in frustration, tears, and pain on a lanai as I looked at one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Ahead of me, I could see that the sun was waking up, the day about to begin. Diamond Head stood strong in the distance. Just in front of me was a beautiful beach with the waves hitting the shore. Below me, hotel staff busied themselves with putting out chairs in preparation for some event later that morning.  It was around 7:30 in the morning when I decided to take off my glasses and place

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The Compassion of Nurses

As I lay in my hospital bed, the nurse came into my room looking unhappy. It was late at night, and I needed help. I don’t recall what for, but the nurse was there to help me. Only recently, I had been moved to this room on the 8th floor of Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, the orthopaedic floor. Before that I had resided in ICU on the 4th floor for several weeks.  The nurse, a few years older than me with tanned skin and brown hair pulled back into a braid, started mumbling to herself, although I’m sure she

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