Trek Women
October 12, 2007

xxxooo Mom...

Mom_and_paddy_3"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."     Sir Winston Churchill

The person I admire the most in this whole world is my Mom, Dr. Susan MacLean, and today she’s retiring.  Not only has she given so much to the field of emergency nursing over the past 40 years as a nurse, educator and researcher; she gave my sisters and me important life lessons in how to be strong, honest, patient, hardworking, caring and kind women.

As a single mother of three, making a living was always a priority. But she wanted more than just a full-time job for her and her girls, she dreamed of a bigger life. Somehow, she managed to work, go to school, and be an incredible Mom. I’ve always been a night owl, so our paths would cross around 3 am as I was going to bed and she was getting up to write her papers at our kitchen table, a coffee mug holding freshly sharpened pencils within reach.

My Mom finished her bachelor’s degree, completed her master’s degree, and then earned her doctor of philosophy degree in research days after I finished high school. For the last 13 years, she’s been at the Emergency Nurses Association and was its first Nursing Officer, leading the research to help define the future of emergency nursing and emergency care.

Today, she starts a new life and I couldn’t be happier for her. You more than earned it. Here’s to health, joy, adventure and sloppy kisses from Paddy. Mom, thank you for everything. You’re the reason why I am a Woman Who Rides. I love you.



How beautiful. I love your mom too. She is an incredible women. One that we all aspire to be like.

Posted by: Susan | Oct 12, 2007 2:41:17 PM

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