As a traveling nurse from the Bronx, Ebony Thyme has seen it all, including the massive sacrifice her fellow healthcare workers are making in the battle against the coronavirus. Below, Ebony offers a compassionate tribute to those who fight and those who fell:

As health care professionals, we are consistently putting our own lives at risk to take care of a complete stranger. We are leaving behind our families to go to work to fight this battle day by day. We are staying in hotels, RVs, tents in the back of their homes to avoid bringing this virus into our own homes. We know what’s going on – especially with the deaths of other health care professionals like ourselves due to lack of full adequate supplies & despite it all, we are finding ways to make ends work & praying to make it through another day.

Though we are frightened, nervous, damn near wondering if we have made the wrong decisions, we all realize that we are the healers of the world and we are trying our very best to make sure that we can try to save our world even at the forefront of our own lives. Let’s all come together to bring awareness to those who are at the frontline day in and day out, those healthcare professionals who contracted the virus, recovered & went back to work, & those of our fallen soldiers who fought a tough battle during this outbreak.

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⁣I remember being a brand new nurse like it was yesterday, the feeling of being frightened, nervous, wondering if I made the wrong decision & the thought of giving up but something keep pushing me through. ⠀ ⠀ The unpredictable took us all by surprise. The healthcare system was not prepared for this brutal challenge. It kind of brought me back to that same time of being that brand new nurse—again frightened, nervous, & wondering if I made the wrong decision. ⠀ ⠀ Being frontline hasn’t been the easiest pill to swallow. As health care professional, we are consistently putting our own lives at risk to take care of a complete stranger. We are leaving behind our families to go to work to fight this battle day by day. We are staying in hotels, RVs, & tents in the back of our homes to avoid bringing this virus into our own homes. We know what’s going on—especially with the deaths of other health care professionals like ourselves due to lack of full adequate supplies; but despite it all, we are finding ways to make ends work & praying to make it through another day. ⠀ ⠀ Though we are frighten, nervous, damn near wondering if we have made the wrong decisions, we all realize that we are the healers of the world and we are trying our very best to make sure that we can try to save our world even at the forefront of our own lives. Let’s all come together to bring awareness to those who are at the frontline day in a day out, those healthcare professionals who contracted the virus, recovered & went back to work, & those of our fallen soldiers who fought a tough battle during this outbreak. Let’s give a SPECIAL thank you to them. Tag them below 👇🏾👇🏾 ⠀ Go to https://publicserviceworkersprotectus.com or go follow @PSWPU to see how you can get involved and help those on the front lines!⠀ ⠀ Paid for by the American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees

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