I crawled into my very first firefight, all the other Marines ran, when I got to my gun team the team leader said, “you showed up, lots of people don’t, next time it will be easier”! Running into a firefight is not something you ever want to do but running to the sound of the guns is what Marines are paid to do, everyone is afraid, but if you overcome your fear and show up, every firefight from then on became something I ran to. Those who froze and would not go into battle would end up in the rear with the gear and do something else, or get kicked out.
Beth, you did a good job with that lady, fear is something everyone has to deal with in their own way, the hero’s are all dead and the rest of us who did overcome fear and do what we had to do are just regular people who happen to have some interesting skills whom others think they have but until the gun fire starts no one knows until you have been there.
You do have to stay in touch with this lady, she has to get from where you left her to the next step and so on or the little training she did receive will not get her where you and she actually want her to be, teaching is a tough job, if you care. And caring is the hardest part, you cannot fight any fight but your own but your students must be able to fight their own fight and overcome their fear. Believe me, I know everything there is to know about fear!