MONROE (WKOW) -- Health care workers have made countless sacrifices since the coronavirus hit southern Wisconsin, impacting their families and relationships. But for one couple working at Monroe Clinic Hospital, helping others is at the core of their love story.
"There are some days that are really hard," commented Sarah Kind, a registered nurse at Monroe Clinic Hospital.
But when you have your high school sweetheart by your side, even the toughest days don't feel so bad.
"We still have that good teamwork," said Bryan Schroeder, also a registered nurse at Monroe Clinic Hospital.
Schroeder and Kind work together at the hospital in Monroe and they're engaged to be married in Sept. 2021.
The two always wanted to be in health care but when they saw the impact that nursing had on patients, they knew that was where they needed to be.
As COVID-19 slammed southern Wisconsin, the couple was about to graduate with their nursing degrees from St. Anthony's School of Nursing in Rockford, Ill. They jumped into the job in their hometown of Monroe, right away.
"There were some days I would go home and be like 'I'm exhausted I don't know if I can keep doing this,'" remembered Kind from the beginning of the pandemic.
But the support they're able to give each other in and out of the hospital has kept them going.
"It's nice to be able to go home to somebody and decompress my day and they actually understand what my day was like," said Kind.
"Yeah, I think I've really benefited from having her as well," Schroeder added.
So while fighting the coronavirus has been challenging, the two say that's what they signed on for and they're happy to be able to take it on together.
"[We're] actually making a difference in helping people and that's the whole reason why we wanted to go into health care to start with," Kind said.
This Valentine's Day will be a little different for the couple as Sarah is scheduled to work, they're hoping to get some time for a nice dinner at home.