Lois Gerber is a community health nurse as well as an author. She has written 3 traditionally published books and 3 short story collections in addition to "The Hamster's Wheel", all available on Amazon. Over 50 of her short stories and clinical articles have appeared in nursing journals. Much of her writing has been inspired by her patients and their families. Through them, she has learned about people's values and beliefs, cultures, and their efforts to meet the challenges of their lives.
Published: July 17, 2017.
Fiction » Coming of age
"The Hamster's Wheel" is a short story of a young single mother's struggle to overcome opioid addiction. Crystal is arrested for a DUI and placed in a rehabilitation center with a community health nurse managing her care. The up and down challenges she experiences and the effects on her children give the story a family focus. Her recovery gives readers a successful example to address this problem.