“My journey at Children’s Hospital began soon after I entered high school. It was just two days after my freshman homecoming dance when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Wow, what a way to begin what I thought were supposed to be some of the greatest years of my life. I was admitted to the hospital that day, and so began some of the toughest experiences I’ve ever been through. I’m so thankful for the doctors and nurses at Children’s for making my stays and visits as positive as they possibly could! A most memorable experience was when a volunteer brought a big white therapy dog to my room. I have 3 dogs at home, so seeing a furry friend was just what I needed. I am so grateful for the time and attention that the staff at Children’s paid to me and everyone else who receives care there!
After 4 long years of high school, and many hours spent at the hospital for MRIs, chemotherapy and appointments, I’m so glad Children’s staff was there to make our experiences the best they could be for me and my family. This health journey definitely played a big part in my choosing to study a medical career in college now. I had started out wanting to be a nurse, but am now going to school to become a radiology technician!
Facing such major health challenges is why I started volunteering at Children’s. The least I could do is give back and help kids who are going through similar situations, after the love and support I received from Children’s during my treatment. I know the volunteers can’t do as much as the nurses and doctors, but if we can make kids smile and forget about what they are going through, then volunteering is completely worth it. I look forward to the kids I have yet to meet, and cannot wait to (hopefully) make an impact on them like the volunteers did for me years ago.”