My Journey To Become A Pediatric Endocrinologist

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I did not grow up in a family full of nurses, or any health care workers for that matter. Instead of family influence, I found my passion through my own journey with a life-changing condition. At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and due to the compassion and care I received at the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center, PDRC, I realized that it was my life’s dream to impact the lives of others the same way those doctors had done for me.
Originally, I was set on becoming a pediatric endocrinologist. I wanted to be like the individuals that guided me through a difficult time, but my journey to helping people doesn’t have to look identical to theirs. Like these doctors, I strive to help the lives of others, but the path I choose
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It was my time at the hospital that I reassured me that my childhood dream to join the medical field was not just a dream, it was now my line of work. After completing my clinicals, I was hired by the staff at the hospital to stay on board as a CNA. This experience was one of the best of my life. I truly believed in my future and others began to as well. I found my way of making a difference in the world. My aspirations to becoming a nurse will always remain my focus, but that doesn’t mean it limits me in how I strive to help people.
For several years, I volunteered at a youth diabetes camp. It was here that I was fortunate enough to help kids realize they are not alone in this diagnosis. It was this opportunity that showed me that while one must be attentive to this disease, it does not limit or define your capabilities. Sharing that message to children, in turn helped to reinforce my desire to continue helping
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A nurse is there for their patients when no one else can be, they are there when they are needed the most, and through the best and worst times of a person’s life. Being a nurse means more than being constantly tired or having the ability to hold your bladder for countless hours. A nurse can take on many roles for person. A nurse is: a mother, friend, healer, comic relief, dietician, chef, manager, and so much more. More importantly, a nurse will always be there. In becoming a nurse, I hope to help others live their lives to the fullest. I love everything that comes with nursing: the good, the sacrifices, the dirty, and the extremely difficult times. But, there’s always a balance. With the difficult times, also comes the love and compassion. Nursing is not an easy profession, but helping to heal somebody is one of the most important and rewarding jobs a person can do. My desire, drive, and skill will get me there. The healthcare field is one filled with passionate and skillful people determined to make a difference. It is also a place I feel at home in, and hope to grow in for the rest of my

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