Connie Has a Cold One, but It’s Not in a Mug

Connie Has a Cold One, but It’s Not in a Mug
    When I think of pioneers, I think of beef jerky, primitive cooking supplies, and hearts full of hope. I picture covered wagons and Laura Ingalls Wilder wearing a charming bonnet while her dog frolics through oversized grass. But after today, I have a new image of a pioneer. Her name is Connie Waldt. She’s a bartender at Chug A Mug in Baltimore, Maryland, and I could almost taste the beer and feel the bar’s atmosphere in her voice while we talked on the phone. I imagine a quick-witted lady who can handle herself, someone who knows how to pour a drink and when not to. As Connie described her workplace, I could see her regulars sitting on bar stools, mugs in hand, passing pleasant hours while snow flurries danced over nearby sidewalks. So what makes this bartender a pioneer? She’s done something remarkable, something brave and beautiful. It’s something that required extra effort at a time when she was very ill. She had to endure discomfort, take a risk, and spend hard-earned money. And she had to accept a lot of help from others, a challenge in and of itself. When she decided to take it on, she didn’t really even know what she was getting into. “I saw a flyer in my doctor’s office,” she said, “and I asked her, ‘What’s this?’” In life’s quirky tendency to put us in exactly the right place at the right time, Connie happened to be with the only physician at the time in Maryland who approved her patients to use DigniCaps. (Full disclosure: A representative of DigniCaps maker Dignitana contacted me to put me in touch with Connie.) Pointing at the brochure, Dr. Young Lee explained the cold caps, which can help patients save their hair during chemo. Dr. Lee is an oncologist, and she was treating Connie
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