I came to the field of speech-language pathology in a nonlinear fashion, by way of my experience working as a chaplain in a large Chicago hospital. Through my chaplaincy, I learned there are countless individuals living in their own unique void between illness and health, fueling my interest in the rehabilitation of neurologic disorders. During this time, I met Geraldine, who is wheelchair bound with severe dysarthria, and living permanently at a skilled nursing facility, despite being in her fifties. When I left Chicago to begin coursework, Geraldine gave me a note she had dictated to one of the CNAs, that read, "I will miss you, my only friend." As a clinician, I think of Geraldine often, and am more aware of how the communication strategies we provide help people feel less isolated from their former lives and the world at large.