Tonight I received this lovely email from her in return:
YES - be inspired, yes be a neurologist or a researcher in neurology, or a neurosurgeon!
Your reaction and your thanks are appreciated, but if you can, imagine what the effect is on me every time I switch off the device. There is not on day that passes for which I am not grateful. I am not putting this very well, but I am saying that if I have touched even one of you in some way that will prove positive for even one person with Parkinson's, then I have done a good day's work.
Thank you for your email, and good luck to you in whatever area of medicine you end up.
I think there is more than one of us in the blogosphere that might take a small seed of happiness from that.
Here's to the nurses*, doctors, medical students, researchers, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational health, lab technicians, and social workers that are spending their days and nights making the world a little bit better for someone. These grateful people are out there, we just don't get to hear their voices sometimes.
*And a Happy Belated Nurses Week!