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Hi ! I've been writing since they invented the wheel. I'd like to hear from you. I'm working on a book, with short stories, limericks, and I love humor, especially some of the crazy nursing experiences. Keep well! Toni Helfrick

Background Information

I was born in Smalltown, America, and my mother was, without question,

my teacher.  Mom didn't teach school, but she insisted on grammar, morals,

manners and care for others who are in need.  She was  the epitome

of goodness, and I do believe she gave some of all these things to us.  I

am certain my family and  siblings were each left with some of her warmth

and wisdom.  At the age of seventeen, I began my first year of nursing,

and at twenty, I worked in a large hospital.  Nursing, for me, was and is

a very special thing, and, indeed, though Mom was a housewife, she was

also our "nurse" and caregiver.   Many of my experiences in nursing were

exciting to me, as the feeling to help another has always been present.

I have worked in every discipline in nursing, and also many other

places, that seemed to call me.  One was pediatric nursing, and from

that I learned that it was alright  to amuse the children, and that they

would giggle even when they were very ill.  I also respect the truly

amazing courage that a dying child possesses, and I have worked with

children for about five years.  Stoicism was learned by me with those

who were ill, whether adult, male or female, or elderly, and I learned

to help all my patients, through the years.   I managed to keep my

composure, and yet, let them know that I cared. 

It is essentially these experiences that I want to write about, as many

of the things I have seen, and even short stories that capture anyone's

interest.  I also have a love of poetry, primarily Limericks, Sonnets,

and just about all  poetry. 

In addition, I would truly like to tell some of the stories that I have

seen, in person, such as Hospice care, Emergency Room and even

Chemotherapy.  Some of my stories are amusing, and others teach a

lesson.  There are also stories that bring a tear to the eyes of the


I am also married, and have three grown daughters, who are mothers

themselves.  At this time and counting, I have six grandchildren, three

boys, and three girls.  My family now means  my husband, Al, and

our children, spread up and down the East Coast.  My husband and I live

in Florida, for the last twenty years, and my three married daughters

live with their families on the Eastern  U.S.,  with the youngest child in

New York, the middle daughter in Virginia and the firstborn in South

Carolina.  I attempt to visit each of them and their families every year.

Now that I am retired, I would have to call it 'partial', as I intend to

continue working part time, writing as much as I am able, and I also

hope to volunteer  either in psychiatry, rehabilitation facilities for

chemical abusers, and  also visiting with senior citizens.  My  dear

husband, Al, and many of his friends have formed a small band, and

it is called, The Jazz Tradition, with emphasis on  the 1920's through

the 1950's.   Their music is wonderful, and they have played for many

Senior Citizens.  I enjoy very much visiting with the band, and seeing

how much they like the music.The  Veteran's Hospital always has loved the

band, when they come, and I may volunteer there, also.  I have a very fine

respect for our Veterans, and I have written about them, many times.

There is one very different thing about me that I do not usually

mention.  I have had approximately five near-death experiences, and

through these experiences, I have a much stronger belief in God,

and this did help me to understand those who were about to die.

On occasion, I do incorporate some religious thoughts in my writing,

 yet I have, as I see it, a responsibility to respect any other person's

belief or non belief

In closing, I am very impressed by your site, and I haven't even seen

all of it as yet.  I will  likely be doing that within the week.  I am

also pleased to hear that many of these poets have been published,

 and that is simply music to my ears.   I realize, it involves a lot of

fortitude and commitment.

I have approximately three books that I am writing (on journals), and

I know one of them will be about nursing, some funny, and another not

so funny.  Another book "in my head" and also on several papers,

backed up by CD's will likely be poetry, though I don't want poetry

to be the first one.  The third will be stories of the patients in Hospice.

 I see a void of persons  who do not know about Hospice, unless there

is someone they know about, or even their own families.  They have many

misunderstandings, and some fear.  But I have found that those who I

have cared for either in their homes, a trailer, or a Senior Home for the

Elderly has been my joy to assist the patient, and also each member of

their families.   If there are patients or anyone who needs either help,

I want to be there,  whether now or whenever an occasion arises, so

that my time on Earth will be helpful to anyone who needs assistance.

I spent two years in Hospice here in Florida, and I worked with their

families for the last few weeks or months, prior to the patient's death.

There are many other things that come to mind, and I am not only with

new ideas, but also I have had many life experiences, and when anyone

wants to read what I write,  then, I will continue writing.

                               Toni D. Helfrick , R.N.            January, 2009








Birth Place
Deland, FL USA

Orlando Sentinel, The Writer's Forum, Orlando, FL
and I have also written in many papers, including the Daytona Beach paper. I am also published in the American Journal of Jocularity, and Nursing Spectrum. I am a part of three anthologies - Withered Flowers, The Poets Speak, and Dance of the Poets, done by Lulu Press.

Additional Information

I write several poems, and also stories just about every day. I have been published only as in three different anthologies, and I have received awards for Haiku or Senryu poetry. I also love humorous stories, and they will be in the book, and also, in another book, I will have a mystery murder book, already written.

Contact Information
TDH Post Office Box Deland, FL 32724
Deland FL    UnitedStates
Contact Author: T. D. Helfrick

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