What would it have been like more than 100 years ago, to have survived Scarlet Fever, or to have nursed victims of the Spanish Flu or wounded soldiers during World War I?
How would it affect one’s mental health?
This 1983 interview with then 93-year-old Georgina Ross-Roy vividly portrays her lived experience of such horrific episodes, as well as happier times, over her lifetime. And yet, in spite of her suffering, she speaks frankly and courageously as she recalls—sometimes in great detail—how she survived it all.
One can only be inspired by Ms. Ross-Roy’s great fortitude and, perhaps during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, one can gain some sense of perspective on the extent of one’s own suffering.