When Laurie Long's daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with global development delays at six months of age, Long wasn't prepared for what the next five years would bring. Repeated visits to the hospital - one every six weeks - made it a kind of second home for Long and transformed the nurses into a second family.
"The nurses listened to me, they tried to find answers for me and they advocated for my daughter with the doctor," says Long. "They became my friends. My husband was working away, I was on my own a lot, and they provided me with support. And Hannah liked to see them and grew to be comforted by them as well."
When the treatment ended, Long walked away with more than just a healthier daughter - she was inspired to take up a new career as a nurse.