I feel so foolish......

  1. Hello my beloved allnurses siblings. Something happened today that really got to me. When I was in college at The University Of Toledo, there was a girl who went there who was studying to be a nurse. Her name was Melissa Herstrum. She was murdered by a campus poice officer by the name of Jeffery Hodge. Well, I was drivng to the post office today, and I heard the song Melissa by the Allman Brothers Band. It's a very moving song for me, because I've always associated it with Melissa Herstrum. She was beautiful, smart, and everybody that knew her thought the world of her. She was going into nursing to help people and her life was so unfairly taken. Anyway, the upshot of the story is I realized it had been 10 years already, since she was killed, and Before you know it my eyes filled with tears, and I had to pull the car over because I was crying for a girl I didn't even know. My eyes are filling again as I write this. Sorry. Guess I'm just a sentimental wimp huh? I mean I didn't know her, but I could tell from looking at her picture that she must have been very special. I don't even know why I'm writing this, but I felt I had to. I didn't want to have people forget her I guess. I mean it's been 10 years. Who's mourning her now? At least her killer is behind bars. I just pray he stays there for the rest of his life. Anyway, thamks for letting me vent. I love you all so much. You are very special to me. Warrior Woman.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   shygirl
    Warrior Woman,

    I'm glad you can share. So many people keep things bottled up inside of them. Now by telling us about her, we too can think of the sadness and share it with you if only for a little while.

    P.S. I don't think you're a wimp! I cry alot too!
    Shygirl
  4. by   aus nurse
    Warrior woman, don't feel foolish. I think it shows our wonderful human spirit that we feel compassion for others. It is a tragic thing that Melissa lost her life and I feel sad too. There is no rhyme or reason to this life and we all need to count our blessings every day. Thanks for sharing:kiss
  5. by   BadBird
    Isn't it amazing how people some complete strangers touch our lives, never to be forgotten. You should never apologize for being a caring compassionate person, that is what makes you so special. I often think of a nurse I worked with who was killed in a motorcycle accident, I worked with her for about 1 year but I think of her whenever I drive on route 30. It is so sad to lose a life at such a young age when they have so much to offer. I often wonder why the rapists, child molesters live to a ripe old age at the taxpayers expense and someone truly a asset to the world dies, where is the justice?
  6. by   live4today
    (((((((Warrior Woman))))))) Bless you for caring and showing your compassionate side. :kiss Qualities such as those are what make nurses so special...among a bazillion other qualities of course.

    Thanks for sharing that story here. It's good to recall those things that touched our lives, and share them with others to touch their lives as well.
  7. by   baseline
    Nothing to feel foolish about. Compassion is a little used emotion these days.......
  8. by   Tweety
    It's amazing how we live on and the lives we touch.

    Makes you think about your own life huh? Thanks for sharing.
  9. by   anitame
    WW, if it helps you're not the only sentimental one. Our town (small town) had a fire on Monday in which three firemen died. The entire town is like living breathing memorial. There are thousands of people in town for the service tomorrow. Every reader board in town says something about it. The three men left eleven children behind. I'm just sick about it and I get teary EVERY single time I see or hear anything about it. Tragedies happen and they SUCK. And my husband is a cop so it's a little too close to home.
    On that cheery note I'm going to bed!
    Anita
  10. by   Mkue
    Warrior, I remember when that happend ! I didn't know her but it was a very sad time and I think that's great that you cherish her memory Can't believe it's been 10 years already.
  11. by   emily_mom
    You are a very caring and compassionate soul. I cry all the time for people. In fact, I have a tear in my eye b/c of Anita's post. God bless their families. I hope the town "adopts" these kids. They will need all the support they can get.

    Kristy
  12. by   renerian
    I am from Toledo and remember that murder and how creepy I thought Jeffery Hodge was. Very sad. You are very kind. I have a friend who died by MVA from a drunk driver. Her name was Beth. I remember her every time I hear the song Beth by KISS.

    renerian
  13. by   GPatty
    Here in Richmond, we had a lady who disappeared from a laundromat on July 22, 2001. No sign of her, no nothing. Her kids are alone, her family is alone. Where is she?
    I think about her alot, and wonder if she's alright...
    God Bless her Lord, and watch over her...only You know...
    I didn't know her either, but I feel for her and I wonder....

    It just shows you have heart for others Warrior Woman....and never be ashamed to cry..... I do.

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