At the nursing agency, Ramirez worked long hours and commuted into New York City from Cranford, New Jersey. Since she would leave at dawn and return at night, she didn’t know her neighbors, she had trouble relaxing even on vacation, she was disconnected from her own life.
“I was not breathing,” said Ramirez. “On a plane to Puerto Rico they were closing the doors of the plane, and I was still on the phone working. They had to tell me to get off the phone so the plane could take off.”