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Tracey K. Bruner, COA I Patient Care Technician
What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
Living in a 3rd world country, fumbling through 3 local foreign languages, and always being on display as the foreigner. The hardest part about it though was having limited contact with my family and friends who have known me for years. Many of the challenges I faced meant dealing with internal and external struggles while feeling very alone and different.
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
A warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie….and dancing to a good song. (Especially if I’m dancing with my 3 & 5 year old girls).
Where is your favorite place to be?
Near water…whether that’s up in Michigan at the house my grandfather built or down in Florida with my sister, aunt, and uncle. There is something so peaceful and wondrous about not being able to see the end of something in constant motion, sparkling, and promising adventure.
What is your favorite thing to do?
Dance, laugh, and enjoy time with friends and family. Spending quality time with my loved ones renews my energy and motivates me to seek to improve myself to be more of what they need and more of who I desire to be.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Italy. We visited four different cities and each had something so special and unique about it. Rome was fascinating for the long history and the ruins that stood the test of time. Lifetimes of history have been made in that city and there is still evidence of centuries upon centuries of artwork and life. Venice–the city on water–I loved taking water taxis to travel from point to point and wind through the alleys that often ended with a breathtaking view of water and colorful buildings. Florence was where we had the best meal, served by a charming elderly woman (also owner of the restaurant) who spoke very little English, but managed to tell us what everything was with her flowery, demonstrative hand gestures. Then finally Cinque Terre–five small fishing villages built into the cliffs on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, connected by hiking trails. Somehow they have managed to maintain an old-fashioned, pure village charm in the midst of cities filled with progression and tourism. The other reason Italy holds a special place in my heart is because shortly after a gondola ride in Venice, my husband proposed to me near St. John’s Square and started the best chapter in my life so far. The entire trip was truly magical and I hope to return someday to explore other regions of this magnificent country.