Ode to Resilience

By Emily Brazzel, Street Chaplain in Residence

In the few months that I have been working for Open Table Nashville, I have met the most resilient people I have ever known. No one better personifies that than my friend Ms. Madge. She spent many years on the street and since getting a place of her own, she has poured her time and energy into ending homelessness in Nashville. Not only is she a hands-on member of the Open Table community, she is also active in two other groups that help people facing homelessness to create a full life. This week, I was able to spend a good bit of time with Ms. Madge and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The more I am around her, the more I see how special and funny she is. We went to her last radiation treatment this week: she just completed her fourth battle with cancer, and came out victorious once again!

Ms. Madge is a force to be reckoned with—better look out, world!



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