Too Young to Die, But My Time Anyway”
It is not possible to capture but a few snippets of a full but unfinished life. Ovarian cancer took me too soon from my cherished family and friends and a career that I loved. I hope that I will live on in the hearts and minds of those I have touched.
I grew up on the beaches of Brooklyn, a secular Jewish girl, who loved animals and nature. I moved from NYC to Albuquerque and had one marriage, one divorce, and two beautiful and charismatic daughters, Hope and Lara, and one grandchild, Alec. Doggedly working through some hard times, I began medical school while a single mom at 33, and began my psychiatric career in Ogden, UT in 1988. I was now a gentile in the land of Zion. A long list of accomplishments accrued. I was elected president of the following organizations: The Ogden Surgical Medical Society, Weber County Medical Society, and Utah Psychiatric Society. I was chief of psychiatry at McKay Dee Hospital for seven years, and trained family practice residents in psychiatry. I gave lectures to doctors, nurses and other health professionals on psychiatric issues. I represented my state to the U.S. Congress for psychiatric rights in Washington D.C. I earned the honor of being a life time distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. And, above all, I so loved the wonderful and creative art of psychotherapy with my patients. Seeing patients brought me joy, strength and love. A snapshot became a movie and I hope I helped to make their lifetime movie better.
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I am so sorry to leave.