May 2, 2017


Stroke survival … A lifelong journey

February 27, 2011, started out as a regular day. I got up early and went to work in the emergency department at Greenville Memorial Hospital. My husband, John O’Donnell, an emergency physician, had worked the evening before and was sound asleep. I received a phone call at work that morning that would change my life—our...
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Nursing: ‘My Kismet’

“Kismet” comes from the Arabic word ḳismat, meaning “division, portion or lot.” You can think of kismet as your “lot in life,” or your fate, if you will. As I reflect on what brought me to nursing, I cannot ignore the many instances throughout my education and career that led me here. It was my...
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