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  •  My grandmother was a nurse during the Depression (7+ / 0-)

    My grandfather had lost his job at the steel mill.
    At home she had my mother ( a little girl) and a second daughter; a toddler who was mentally retarded.
    Gran realized she was pregnant.  She took a break on her dinner hour at the hospital; self administered a drug and delivered her preterm baby dead on her dinner break.  She went back an finished her shift.
    Later Gran gave birth to my youngest Aunt.  Don't tell me my grandmother was a terrible person.
    She was the one who took care of everyone in her extended family and cared for her mentally retarded daughter until she died at 94 years old.

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    by empathy on Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 07:40:15 PM PDT

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