Carrie Bonner - Ptacarrie@gmail.com
Lake Chelan Hospital - Registered Nurse
1. Tell me a little about you.
I am a mother, an aunt, a wife and a nurse. Being a caretaker my entire life, I feel fulfilled when I can help and care for people. I have been a nurse for almost 21 years. It has been an amazing career and I have seen many changes over the years, some good and some bad. I enjoy anything to do with hiking and the outdoors (except yard work).
2. What is the most poignant moment or time in your life where you showed resilience?
In the last 3 years I have had several of these moments; however, the one that sticks out the most is losing my cousin and best friend unexpectedly last summer. I had never lived life without her. For as long as I can ever remember, it was Carrie and Michael. The yin to my yang; the peanut butter to my jelly; definitely a void I am not sure will ever be filled.
3. How did this moment shape your life?
I had to learn how to go on. Not just for me, but for my nieces and nephews whose family was completely turned upside down. For my kids who lost their aunt, who had always been in a smiling, supporting figure in their lives. I had to think about what she would want; she would want me to continue on, to care for her kids just like we had always agreed if anything were to happen to either of us. When the void feels too big, I think of them, the support they need. I now smile at the little things that maybe I used to take for granted. I care less about how my house looks and more about how everyone in my house feels. Life is short was always a quote I would say, but it wasn't until I lost her that it was no longer a phrase to me but a way of life.
4. What tips do you have for those in need of hope?
As a caretaker, I often forget about me. I wasn't great at asking for help or even realizing how overwhelmed I was. Take a step back and give yourself some grace, some time to fall apart. Nothing has to be perfect. Find what gives you joy and do it every day! I have learned to lean on my friends. they were supportive through the bad days, when I most needed a hug. This world is scary and ever-changing, the only thing you can control is you and how you take on each day! One day at a time!