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A tribute to a lost twin, an advocation for mental health awareness, the strength of motherhood, and the emotional journey of working on the front line during a pandemic. This is a beautiful first-hand account of life inside, and outside, the wards of the COVID 19 pandemic. Topham-Roche comments on the personal sacrifice of the individual for the survival of the masses. She explores the individuality of patients in her care, and highlights the true compassion and strength of nurses and doctors. My Mask examines the interdependency between the survival of medical professionals and patients, showing how the joy, personalities and gratitude of patients helped medical professionals survive, just as much as they helped patients survive COVID. Here, the intricacies of the pandemic experience are detailed in a personal and emotional narrative that reviews every small, yet complex, detail of life.

ISBN : 978-1-80074-901-6

Published: 29/09/2022

Pages : 96

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Rebecca Topham-Roche

As a registered nurse who loves literature; I worked throughout the COVID first wave in Intensive Care. My writing reflects my occupation but most significantly my life. COVID19 affected each of our lives. I used poetry to cope with the horrors of the pandemic and also in honour of the amazing doctors and nurses who fought industriously to save each person who became a patient.
Dealing with the suicide of my identical twin has been heart-wrenching, exhausting, but also enlightening. I have penned away at my grief and found some comfort in words. Although I may be lost, I have also found that the most devastating times in our life are, when we are at our most creative - in a raw sense. Bereavement in words, pain and healing in poetry may sum up my work.
Motherhood and life as a parent are something both delightful and terrifying. I try to capture this in words.
Perhaps the detail in my poems will help just one person, because that is how we- as humans - live and love... in detail.

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