Angela Galloway
Angela Galloway

VAN WERT – For Angela Galloway, Christmas is a day that means family in her heart, whether it is family at home or her family at Van Wert Manor Nursing Care. This year, it was 12 hours spent with her beloved nursing care family, a time she cherishes and loves.

“I really take my time with them (at Van Wert Manor). They are family too,” said Galloway. “We shouldn’t take anything for granted. There are some here that never have anyone come. They are just as important as your own little ones.

“When you work as a nurse, it is hard to make it to church when you work weekends,” continued Galloway. “I am a very family oriented person so I love to sit down with them and hear their stories. When you talk to them, you get a picture in your mind of what their lives are like, their different backgrounds and you see what life is all about for them.”

Galloway’s vicarious understanding of what Christmas Day is like for the residential family at Van Wert Manor came partly from life’s circumstances that directed her on a path of becoming a registered nurse.

“My brother died of leukemia when he was 18,” said Galloway, a graduate of Lincolnview High School. “I helped take of my grandpa with mental illness. Then, my dad battled cancer. Thank goodness it is right now in remission.

“I grew up wanting to help other people,” continued Galloway. “God gave me a passion to make people more comfortable when they were in the process of being treated.”

Following high school, Galloway attended college for a year at Rhoades State and then received a registered nursing degree from Apollo in Shawnee.

Galloway’s personal family includes two children, Jaxson, a boy, age 6 and Jaelen, age 4, a girl.

“I spend every minute with my kids that I can. I love to take them camping,” observed Galloway. “We love to be anywhere near the water or where the sun shines on us. We are definitely nature people.

“Working here is so rewarding,” continued Galloway. “The residents don’t have to do anything. Their companionship gives back for the long hours. Being with them gives you more patience and an understanding of people. It keeps you more seasoned to give better care to people in the future.

“I have learned that everybody here is more special and spiritual than I could ever ask for,” added Galloway. “The blessings are already there. The only ones that get in the way of them is ourselves. I love it here; I hope to retire here.”