Mondays suck but it’s my last one! BOOOOOM!

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I didn’t always know what I wanted to do when I grew up. I still don’t think I will grow up….yes, I know I am short, I am done growing though!  However, I did develop into an adult, even though I am not “mature”.  I laugh at dick and fart jokes, and what not.  However, I did manage to go to college and get a “REAL job”. I became a Social Worker but not because I wanted to change the world or anything like that.  I am not what most think, a bleeding heart social worker that will bend at whatever poor soul bats their eye lashes at me.  I learned that the hard way as an ER Social worker, getting duped by drug seekers who knew how to turn on the tears with their stories just to get meds.  Oh no, I am a hard ass, some even called me The Hammer!  I believe that people should indeed help themselves, while it was my job to assist them in finding the right resources that will enable them to do so. I became a Social Worker to give back all the energy, love and compassion that my family and I were given when I was a child with cancer.

The picture above  was taken in 2012. I’ve always wanted an official picture in front of the American flag like some kind of VIP!  Sometimes I look at it and pretend I’m the first woman president.  Most of my career as a Social Worker has been at the VA caring for our nations brave Veterans.  A career cut too short, nearly making my 10 year pin.  I would have been made ten years in April.  I worked at the VA as an Acute Care SW, helping to ensure veteran’s were safe discharging from the hospital.  Then I took on the job as the Caregiver Support Coordinator.  This week I sadly say goodbye to a job as the Cancer Care Navigation Social Worker.  I helped to build this new program that I hope will continue through out all our VA’s in the country.  It is a new approach to cancer care and helps our Veteran’s and their families navigate what is too often a very complicated system and helps to make sure they get they cancer care they need an eliminate barriers to their care. 

I never thought I would have to retire so early.  However, due to my health reasons I must now take care of myself and my family.  I am very sad to leave and in a state of emotional turmoil about it.  I will miss my patients, my coworkers, the friends I have made and most of all the challenges.  So on my last week of work, as I pack up my office, I will think about all that I have learned.  I will think back to all the lessons I have be taught and patients who have touched my heart.  I will thank my mentors, the wonderful supervisors (Cathy and Tom) and amazing friends I have made had along the way.  It’s been a great experience.  It is now time for me to put my focus toward new possibilities.

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24 thoughts on “Mondays suck but it’s my last one! BOOOOOM!

  1. You’re so brave sister, and truly, an amazing woman! I’m very proud of you for making such a had decision. I’m certain you will remain an inspiration for so many people.

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  2. Almost ten years is a pretty long time! I hope that as tou make this transition, you are also able to reflect on all of the good you have done for others, and the difference you have made. Those differences are enduring in the lives of others. Because you are a badass, and that’s what badasses do!

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  3. Those people you helped along the way are better for having you in their lives. You’re such a wonderful caring person and I am so lucky to be able to call you my friend.

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  4. You made a impact in my familys lives. And gave me comfort when i was terrified to leave my dad in the hospital. I am proud to call you my friend and inspired by your courage.

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  5. You are amazing and will continue to impact the lives of many in a positive way. I admire you Drea! Love and hugs to you as you begin this new phase in your journey!

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  6. Your amazing!; beautiful! Strong! Such a hard decision I’m sure, but it’s your turn. Your turn to put you and your family before all else with precious time.

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  7. Drea, we only met one time when my husband learned of his cancer, but during that time, you were very helpful which allowed him to make some big decisions. Thank you for the work you’ve done. You are one of the Angels we met along this long road called cancer.

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  8. Drea, you were such an inspiration to the people that came across your desk and I can only imagine how much the VA will miss you, but in the same ‘breath’ I am happy that you will now be able to take care of yourself and Scott and Evan. The work/life balance is so unbalanced in 99% of peoples lives right now, and it is nice to know that you are doing the right thing for you and your family. Our prayers are with you and your dumb lungs, and they are centered on a miracle of healing for you! Much love and hugs from AZ. Karen and Ed

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  9. You’re one very brave young lady & it’s an honor to call you my niece. You’ll be missed at your job because you’re an inspiration. I know this was a hard decision for you but now you have to concentrate on yourself & your family. Build yourself up & take care. We love you & are so proud of you! ❤️😘❤️

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  10. Drea you are a badass. But you helped sooooo many Veterans. You were kind, compassionate and knowledgeable at times when needed. Tough as hell when needed. I am on disability because of my back issues as well as PTSD. Definitely get an Attorney to do your disability, if that is the road you take. I had a great Attorney and got disability in 11 months. It sucks on disability for us that are worker bees, wanting to be doing and helping. But financially it is a necessity. Good Luck. You are amazing.

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    1. Thank you! Sorry to hear about your health and hope you’re doing ok. I am having a lawyer help me apply through a wonderful organization called Caring Voice Coalition. They are very knowledgeable in my disease and help with the whole process for free! I’m hoping it gets approved fast!

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  11. Drea
    You are an amazing woman, mother, and social worker. You have touched and will continue to touch and change lives no matter where you are or what you are doing.
    Thank you for being a rock to me in our roles as CSCs. Your integrity is unmatched.
    You are loved friend

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  12. Your story is inspiring. You have touched so many hearts while sharing your journey . I can’t imagine how many lives you’ve enriched throughout your venture. I anticipate the day your new program expands throughout the country and veterans get the support and care they deserve. You’re an amazing mom, woman and social worker. As an inspiring social worker myself, I hope to make a glimpse of an impact, as I’m certain you’ve made.
    Rock on!

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    1. Wow, thank you Kacey! I’m positive you will make an amazing social worker! You have a lot of determination and compassion! Please reach out anytime, I would love to help you in anyway I can reach your dream!

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