A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.
Carol, 55, has been a nurse for the local clinic for almost thirty years; she has watched babies born, children grow up and marry, and elders die. She had been there in times of community celebration and times of community tragedy like the tornado that passed through a few years back destroying a daycare center and leaving four children dead.
Despite small towns having a reputation for being places where gossip thrives, Carol knows the importance of keeping patient information confidential, and has stood by Belle in her decision not to tell people about her terminal illness until it progresses to the point that it will be obvious. Belle wants her life to remain "normal" for as long as is possible, and Carol will fiercely defend Belle's right to make that choice. She remembers all too well about what happens when people begin to talk about you instead of with you; her son Landon committed suicide when he was only seventeen due to town gossip that led to harassment about his perceived sexual identity.
Belle feels incredibly blessed to have Carol as an understanding friend.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.