We met September 2011.
Yes. I was this OBGYN—
Lots of hours. Working lots of hours. I arrogantly thought that... Well you had a guy. Yeah, that my job and my guy would actually cover everything. You like eased me into a conversation about the importance of protecting who I am before launching into huge investments and things of that sort.
It dawned on you.
It didn't actually dawn upon me how all right I was going to be until after I got hurt. It was a really busy night, running from room to room, delivering babies. I was bent over in a funky position, as I tried to get this kid out. When I stood up, something didn't quite feel right. That following morning suddenly, my back just seized on me. I collapsed. It was an acute herniated disk. Over the course of the next few days, I saw myself go from a very able-bodied OBGYN to being a virtual invalid on my aunt's couch not knowing when I was going to be able to go back to work.
And I called you in a fright. But you said to me, look, we are where we are. We got you. We started to having the conversation with Guardian, and you showed me what would happen over the next 15, 20, 30 years. Suddenly, I went from a world of trying to survive to now what's possible? It was around that same time that my cousin in Haiti almost died from pregnancy and childbirth. That's when I started thinking of a non-profit organization that empowers pregnant women in the last mile to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in the developing world.
The thing that kept resonating in my mind was a ripple effect, Guardian delivering on their promise, honoring their commitments to their contract, allowing you to establish commitments to the community when I got hurt, there was suddenly a space where the needs in Haiti were so much greater than my own needs, that I sort of just got pulled into service to make a difference. You've had an incredible journey. I feel privileged to be a small part of it.