Connie Swails Thibodeau

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My Story

I am from Andrews a small town in South Carolina near Myrtle Beach. I had four younger siblings. The youngest died several years ago. I finished public school in Andrews in 1962. I skipped a grade and graduated early. I attended St Francis Xavier Hospital School of Nursing in Charleston in 1965. I left for Fort Sam Houston, Texas shortly after graduating from St. Francis. Basic Training for nurses and other health care persons takes place at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Sam. I met my husband there and we were married in Harmony Church on the base. We both left the service at the end of our tenure. He didn’t want me to go to Vietnam. If I had reupped, I would have made caption and got orders for Nam. I was a critical care nurse and that’s what was needed there. We moved to Columbia. S.C. and I enrolled in the nursing program at USC. I wanted to teach nursing and you have to have a Bachelor’s Degree to do that. After finishing the program, I became coordinator of the LPN program at Baptist Hospital, while my husband completed work on his PhD. Both of our children were born while we were in Columbia.

Our son was born in January 1971. Our daughter was born 18 months later, on her father’s birthday. We moved to upstate S.C. in 1974. I went back to school at Clemson University for my master’s degree. After completing the program, I worked at Greenville Technical College, Clemson University and Tri County Technical college and in an alcohol and drug treatment program. I also had a private practice for a period of time. I retired from nursing after nearly fifty years in 2008. My daughter is married and has three daughters who are beautiful, like there mother. Our son is divorced. No grandkids but I forgive him. My hobbies include writing especially poems and stories, reading, crazy quilting and playing with pets—two dogs and two cats. Places and Spaces is my first attempt to get published.

Connie Swails Thibodeau