What I wish the public knew: as a CNA, I am so much more than a butt wiper. I am there when family is not. I hear their fears and disappointment about aging and dying. I’m there to reassure them and help guide them and make sure they do what they can so they don’t lose it. I have my heart broken often by either witnessing the decline or death of your loved ones. My care for them doesn’t stop when I clock out. I carry them with me daily…your loved ones will remain in my heart forever and you can bet on it bc in writing this, I’m fighting tears remembering the souls I’ve met and lost in my 10 month career.

- AM September 22, 2015