Friday, September 16, 2016
Remembering nurses who survived childhood cancer
During September, Exceptional Nurse shines the spot light on childhood cancer survivors who later became nurses. Some childhood survivors even returned to work with patients with cancer in hospitals where they received treatment. Here are a few examples.
Shelby Robin, pediatric clinical nurse and Ewing's sarcoma survivor works in the same hallways, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she was treated at the age of 12.
Sara Ferrante was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer, hepatoblastoma, at two months old. She went through nine rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove 80% of her liver. Sara has remained cancer free and works as a registered nurse with the same pediatricians who were her physicians during treatment.
Samantha Loos-Polk was inspired to become a nurse because of her own life changing journey with cancer at the age of 14. She won the battle with cancer, attended nursing school and landed her her dream job at Texas Children's Hospital Oncology Department to work on the floor where she was treated.
Sarah Fruendt works at Levine Cancer Institute 10 years after being treated for acute lymphocytic leukemia at Levine Children's Hospital. Sarah was diagnosed and treated at about 2 years old. She was in remission until the age of 8. After additional treatment, she has been in remission for over 12 years.
Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!
With thanks for all you do,
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