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  • Writer's pictureEileen McDargh

Resiliency Turns Grief into Greatness

The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Today nurses in 2600-plus health care facilities, 50 states and 15 countries walk taller, prouder, and renewed in their work because of the death of a 33 year-old man. The power of heartbreak that becomes a heart aroused is one that every individual and organization can benefit from.

In late 1999, at the age of 33, Patrick Barnes awoke with some blood blisters in his mouth. Having survived Hodgkins Disease twice, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the auto-immune disease, ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). Pat and his wife, Tena, had just had their first child two months before he became sick.

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