Our nurse Kate Murphy said about Tina that some people are put on this Earth to bring out the best in others. Tina does that.
Below are several excerpts on this subject, taken from the tributes section at the end of the book.
Our first nurse, Terry Bush, writes:
My getting to know Tina is one of the greatest blessings of my life. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity given to me to be part of Tina and Doug’s lives and to have them be part of mine.
From our younger son, Phil:
Our friend Wendy Garfein:
Our longest-serving staff member, Barbara George, whose care for her handicapped son is an inspiration to us, writes:
Our longest-serving nurse, first among equals, Diane Beggin:
Nurse Audrey Pottinger:
Instead of being bitter, Tina chooses to love, to care and to enjoy the life she has. It’s a choice all should emulate. It’s a choice I am learning to make.
Tina is not only the light of my life, she shines on others’ lives, too, as nurse Mary Wilkinson writes:
Angel? She has some of her mother’s independence. At about the same age, five or six, when Tina refused to smile for the camera, she was told by her mother sternly, not to touch the baby’s (Gene’s) bottles, especially the nipples, which had just been sterilized. Humph! She gave several of them good, hard squeezes. Her mother caught her in the act. I maintain that this is the last time she did anything bad. At Cornell, I called her “Angel,” but she asked me not to, as she felt she did not deserve the title. Here we disagree.
Angel or not, she is a blessing to the lives of those who know her.
Frost wrote, about Eve,
Never again would birds’ song be the same.
And to do that to birds was why she came.
Tina has changed our worlds, too.