Sandra was the first to book herself and 3 or her friends in … Travelling together all from Brisbane, these besties all came together for some self-love and healing after all dealing with trauma and PTSD… They gave as much positive energy as they got though and by days end, the love and laughs in the room was infectious. What a special day:
This was Sandra response when she first saw her pictures:
“I am speechless! Wow, and holy snap! So blown away. You made me beautiful and that brings tears to my eyes! Even on my wedding day I didn’t feel that beautiful! Thank you from the heart. Xx”
Here’s a bit of her story in her words:
I am a career paramedic, aside from a few part time jobs, its the only job I have known. I have been a paramedic for over thirty years: a veritable life time. I have thought of other jobs, I always had a dreams of forensics or as I get older nutrition. Clearly my interests are varied and not cohesive to each other!
Over the last thirty years, I have been incredibly privileged to enter into people’s lives as change the worst moment in their life, to make this moment easier or just less alone. I have been honoured to work with world class paramedics and with the highest regard of my peers, I learn from them every day. I have tried to live to the legacy set by the pioneering females in the service. The ground they broke to enable me to have this incredible career. I have a manager that told me, work each day as the best and if you can honestly say every patient I have done the best for, then you have done a good job. In my own way I take this and then do better the next day. My job is a constant learning and reflection. I carry every patient with me, and have cried over more than one patient.
In my career I have heard almost everything, and yet still shocked by things! Naive is one word! In my early career, I had beautiful mentors and they still work in the job (Brett and the late Griff). They had my back, but still let me fight my own battles every time the patient said sheilas can’t lift, or sheilas can’t drive, do you really drive? More than once the patient agreed I could do rally car driving. I took that as a compliment! You learn to have a presence. You learn to stand on your own two feet, have a thick skin, and give back as good as you get. Rarely do I get offended at anything said to me. You learn to lift heavy things! Then I met my mentors (Ma’am Lucinda and Ma’am Trish and Miss Kath) who have taught me strength in who I am.
In my private life, I am a different person. I am a true introvert, the love of a good book and a good coffee with my dogs curled up beside me. I love the vintage life, the images and the strength the era shows us today. Can you imagine cleaning, cooking, everything without the modern day appliances!
Miss Chrissy is the absolute epitome of beauty and strength and to be under her guidance for the photo shoot was incredible. You feel loved, supported, and you can let down all the walls you build in the job to be cared for by Miss Chrissy and her girls. I got a group of my best friends to do this shoot, they are all going through a tough time, and to have this care was incredible!
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