Saturday, April 25, 2009

Guess What? Good News!

I got in! I got my acceptance letter in the mail today. I am one of 90 students accepted into one of the best nursing schools around this area. I started going to school in 2005. I finished up 2 years of prerequisites. During my final class in 2007 I was quite sick and just waiting for my diagnosis. I had made it to EVERY class up until the very last one which was the final. Their policy was if you missed the final you went down a full letter grade. It was an algebra class and I already had an A so if I missed I would get a B. I couldn't even get out of bed though. I couldn't hardly breathe so I called my teacher and told her the situation. She said "You know, it's not like you have a cold or something. I am giving you the A." So I love that teacher to this day! She didn't have to and I thank her. I truly would have just taken the B as all thoughts were just focused on breathing.

2007 was spent being pregnant, chemo treatments, and giving birth. Radiation began 2008 and then of course just living day to day, constant follow up appointments and Gabbi had her checkups too. I knew I needed only another Algebra class or two depending on the college I chose, and a Human Growth and Development Psychology class as a prerequisite. I had all the classes needed to apply for nursing school. So now that Gabbi was over one year of age, I decided to go for it. I have been SO nervous. We had to write an essay on why we wanted to become a nurse. I knew I wanted to be a nurse for awhile. I didn't know what field I wanted to work in. Then I got sick. Now there is no question. I am destined to be an oncology nurse. You see, on my first day of chemo a beautiful young nurse came up to me. I was feeling very sick, and very scared. She informed me she was 23....and a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor. I couldn't believe it. She didn't look like she had ever been sick a day in her life! She was beautiful, had all her hair and just was the picture of health. I asked if she had lost her hair (because she had the same treatment I was having) and she said yes, she had lost it all. She gave me hope that day. She probably doesn't have a clue...but seeing her standing there healthy at the end of all of this was just what I wanted to see. I am now ready to pay it forward! I want to be that inspiration to others. I am rambling because I am so excited. I tore open the letter very nervously and the first word was "Congratulations". The dancing and shrieking in my house could probably be heard for miles and miles!



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30 comments:

Chickenista said...

Woo hoo! Congrats!

MaryAnne said...

Congratulations!!!

Michelle Hoad said...

congratulations! You will make the most understanding, compassionate nurse.

PJ said...

that is fantastic! i can feel your excitement through your words, it made me instantly smile! i am very happy for you.

Rick Vaughn said...

Congrats Sandi, you truly are a inspiration!

Luv a Bargain! said...

That is wonderful news! Congratulations!!

Da Old Man said...

Great News. Congratulations.

Julie McClelland said...

This is so cool for you, pat yourself on the back, you deserve it :-)
Julie

Chronic Chick Talk said...

Congrats to you. I'm sure you'll be a perfect nurse because you've been there done that if you know what I mean. My Mom had breast cancer in her 30's and survived.

Buzzing J said...

Congratulation on achieving one big step towards your dream job. With such hearty dedication, I'm sure you'll graduate and be a great nurse.

Anne said...

Congratulations! That is so great. You are going to be so busy once school starts.

Shelly said...

Congrats! I'm sure you will make a great nurse and your caring spirit will be an encouragement and blessing to all who will have the fortune of working with you and/or being your patient.
I also want to say how great of that teacher to give you the A you deserved. It's wonderful to have good people in our lives.

MamaFlo said...

Congratulations!!! Maybe all you've been through was to get you into the right field of nursing.

TD said...

Awesome news, Sandi! The best care comes from someone who has suffered him/herself.

You go, girl!

Angel said...

That is so wonderful! I'm very happy for you. You will be an amazing and compassinate nurse:)

Sandi said...

Thank you all so much. I am just so incredibly excited and still in shock. I have been told over and over by so many people about how long you end up spending on the "waiting" list but I got in the first time I applied! I am just so happy :)

Deeply Superficial Gal said...

I said it before and I will say it again... Fantabulous!!!

Michele said...

YAY!! Congratulations!!

Tim said...

Way to go Sandi! We are all so proud of you here at Fort Thompson. We knew you would get in!

My mom is a retired nurse. "There is nothing better than having the opportunity to get paid for helping others" she always said.

Best of luck with the nursing!

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Sandee said...

Congratulations Sandi. What fabulous news.

Have a terrific day. :)

flit said...

that is great news; congratulations.

Flitting off to add you to my blogroll on Nontraditional Students R Us :)

heidi said...

Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment!!!!! I am happy for you!!

Lauren said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news!

Kate Burton said...

Your experiences will make you such an amazing nurse. The field will gain a huge amount of insight. Congrats!!!

SLColman said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!
How exciting!!

NIZHAMA said...

Congrats... You're a strong women. You will be the best nurse.

Lynn said...

Congratulations! I used to work at a college and the nursing program was really tough. I wouldn't have survived! ;)

I'm sure you will do well and wish you lots of success.

twinks said...

That is one great news dear. Congratulations! ^_^

Mommy Kennedy said...

That's awesome! Congrats from one nurse to one soon to be a nurse!

Racn4acure said...

Woo hoo Sandi! That is great. Congratulations. Not only will you be helping people but inspiring them as well.

Finally I am catching up on some blogs after being back a week from Nashville. Need to catch my blog up, too. :)