As a resident of the east coast with my entire family living on the west coast, I've traversed this country more times than I can count. The cross-country trip is never easy, but some times are harder than others.
After struggling for two years with debilitating back pain, my mom needed surgery. I went home to be by her side through the process and help with her first couple of weeks at home.
The ensuing pain was unimaginable—I've never witnessed anyone in such agony, and I never imagined how much support my mom would need in addition to what the nursing staff was able to provide. I stayed by her bedside day and night.