As nurse Rayena rested with her two-year-old son before a busy, long hospital shift, her husband decided it was time to share his respect for the woman he married.
He snapped a picture of her resting and posted a tribute to the woman he loved ending with the words ” My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.”
His beautiful words describing the sacrifices his wife makes and how well she handles her stressful job, all while being a good mom, quickly went viral.
When you read his moving tribute below, you’ll understand why.
Nurses are one group of professionals who don’t always get the appreciation they deserve. Often underpaid and overworked, they they’ll stop at nothing to make us feel better and stay healthy.
Rayena Wesson, a 34-year-old trauma nurse from Alabama, is one of the countless nurses who pours her heart and soul into caring for others.
She lives with her husband Bobby Wesson, 38, and their two-year-old son Declan.
One evening Rayena took a nap with their son before a 14-hour shift.
In a moment of true love, admiration, and awe for his wife, her husband took a picture of the two sleeping soundly and posted it on Facebook, according to Today.
His beautiful words post about his heroic, hardworking wife were shared by more than 200,000 people. His post read:
This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.
The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously – her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.
She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks – professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families – it doesn’t matter who you are or what happened to you.
‘Sometimes she will just cry’
She will take care of you.
She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it.
Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry – but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.
Expressing his gratitude for all the love and attention the post has received, Bobby later posted:
“Those of you that know my wife know that she flinches at the word hero. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to downplay her role and tell people that she is a small part of a very large team – but she is a large part of my very small team and I’m proud of her.”
I definitely agree with this – nurses work long shifts and yet they come to work smiling, upbeat and are so kind.
Please share this story to pay tribute to nurses who put everything they have into helping others. You’re all our heroes too!