If you or someone in your family has served in the military, you’re probably familiar with the concept of “coining“. Originally used to identify members of a military unit (going back to World War II or to the Romans, depending on who you ask), today these “challenge coins” are typically presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit, or offered to members of the public for an outstanding achievement or service.
Sgt. Major Calvin Eller (U.S. Army, Retired) spent 24 years in active duty, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After his active military service, he worked for the government.
IVOP Nurse Natalie Bonsby comes from a military family; her father was in the Army for 26 years.
Natalie and Calvin met at the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center as Calvin received treatment. He’s recovering well and the prognosis looks good, and he’s happy to give Natalie a healthy portion of the credit.
“It’s good when you come back to the same nurse time after time,” he explains. “She’s taken good care of me.”
That excellent care prompted Calvin to present Natalie with a challenge coin during one of his treatment sessions last week.
“It means so much to me, coming from a military family,” Natalie said with a smile. “I called my dad right away to tell him about it, it’s such an honor.”
Calvin hopes to be finished with his treatment in the coming weeks, but he and Natalie agree they won’t soon forget the bond they’ve forged between patient and caregiver.