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Amanda Wilson | Times Correspondent

nurse I know.”

Each day is a novelty shaped by unique circumstances, unexpected challenges, and new faces
that come with providing maternity care services for veteran Porter Regional Hospital nurse
Cindy Fultz.

Fultz says that her aunt Doris inspired her to be
become a nurse. She recalls getting her tonsils
out as a child at Ross Clinic, where Doris worked
as a nurse. While in recovery, Fultz was awed
when Doris walked out in full uniform with a bag
of safety suckers.. “I always looked up to my aunt
Doris. She’ss the kindest, most generous, and
ent person
I’ve ever known. And,
most intelligent
per
w that, I thought, ‘That’s exactly
when I saw
o do.’”
what I want to
do

“Every day is so different from the one before,
and it’s so rejuvenating to come back each day
to a new day,” she says. As an OB nurse, much of
the novelty comes from the joy of nurturing new
lives and families but many days bring difficulties, too. The trials have shaped Fultz as much
as the celebrations have. “If you have only easy
days, you’re not going to be a good nurse.”
Fultz is living out graceful excellence refined
through trial as she cares for patients while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. A small
tumor was discovered during a routine mammogram in October 2018. She underwent a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy sessions slated
to be followed by radiation. Her cancer was
caught early and her prognosis is good, but chemotherapy often led to complications and exhaustion. Nonetheless, Fultz continued to work
throughout much of her treatment.
Co-worker and fellow nurse Alex Linz recalls
Fultz’s professionalism and kindness during
her nursing orientation three years ago. “I always heard how nurses ‘eat their young,’ but not
Cindy. She was kind to me, taught me everything
she knew, and gave me so much reassurance and
confidence.”
Linz is amazed and encouraged by how Fultz’s
professionalism and care continued throughout her cancer treatment. “This year has been a
rough one for Cindy, but she still comes to work
in between chemo treatments with that same
beautiful smile. She is going through the most
difficult time of her life, and yet still manages to
make each new mom feel special and loved. She
answers every paranoid new parent’s questions,
and holds every baby with compassion and care.
She is a remarkable human being, and the best

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herself in regard to her husband,
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James Pellegrini, The Times

cancer has been scary. Being a patient reminded
me that my job may be routine but the experience isn’t routine to the patient. I think it’s good
for everybody who gives care to receive care. I’m
grateful for the refreshed compassion my experience brought me.”

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