The bright and vividly colorful light of William went dim in the Spring of 2020 during the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic. William fought to recognize his dream of becoming a nurse after fighting and remaining actively engaged in recovery from substance use disorder. William’s addiction started as a result of battling cancer in his leg where he had multiple surgeries to remove and replace his tibia. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, William volunteered to work the Covid positive intensive care unit of the hospital where he worked in southern Florida. He put himself at risk stating that unlike his colleagues, he was not married and did not have any children that he worried about putting at risk of infection. Sadly, William found it difficult to maintain his peer recovery support. Virtual meetings did not have the same impact as in person meetings for him. And, he discovered friends and family were afraid of being near him because of his exposure to Covid positive patients. It was simply too much. A momentary lapse in recovery took this bright light from our lives in its earthly presence but we know he is still making his spirit known among us.
William Coddington, RN – Dec. 22, 1997 – April 25, 2020
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