Trau·ma  Junk· ie  ( 'trau-m&  'j&[ng]-kE) n. Slang
  1. One who has an insatiable interest, devotion or addiction to responding and assisting people with serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.

A Heart-Warming Story

It took me way longer to write this post than it should have, but sometimes you just can't find the right words.

I love a good heart-warming story. A good, true heart-warming story.

Somewhere out there, a girl is living the dream. Her dream. And she's doing it because others see great things in her-- potential, passion, determination, and a commitment to helping others.

Epijunky is my best friend. One day this past January, we added each other on Twitter and started talking through IMs and phone calls. Right off the bat, from that first conversation we had, I found a friend-- a true friend...and we all know how true friends are hard to come by.

Seeing as Epi has always been there for me when I needed help with any number of things, when I got a phone call one day this past August saying she was throwing in the towel on attending Medic school due to financial issues, I decided it was time for me to step up and pay it forward. I made a phone call to Bernice, a fellow medblogger and EMT. We knew we needed to do something. Life really is all about paying it forward, yanno.

Between the two of us, we came up with the idea to set up a Paypal fund-- think, the medical blogosphere's largest tip jar. Later that night, Bernice wrote a post challenging everyone to three fives: "Give her five dollars, tell five friends, and take five minutes to stop by Epi's blog and give her some words of encouragement." Simple enough, right? Sometimes simple favors are the most appreciated.

In the past month, Epi has been absolutely rocking it in Medic school. In her time of need, everyone came together to help one of their own-- a girl with a passion for what she does that is clear in her writing. People started chiming in to help. People she knew, people she didn't. People who know her only through her blog.

We all know what it's like to be faced with challenges in life. We know how it is when life gets in the way of helping us do what we really want. Sometimes things are beyond our control, but sometimes all it takes is a little help from others.

Today, I'm giving you a challenge a lot like Bernice did. Help a girl out. Stop by Bernice's blog, give any amount you can, big or small, to help someone who wants to be a Paramedic more than anything. Then stop by Epi's blog, and send some kind words her way. In doing so, you'll know that you hold a permanent place in one EMT's heart. What can be more gratifying than this?

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