My journey towards becoming a nurse has been a long and tumultuous one. It feels like it has been a long time coming and a journey with a lot of twists and turns. At times I felt like I may never make it to the point I am today, but God is good. He is steadfast and omnipotent and omniscient.
My journey of service begins a long time ago, the way my mom retells it I have been praying for the healing of others since I learned how to walk and talk, however, it never went beyond that until I reached high school. In high school, I had a wonderful counselor who I know personally was sent by God. She is the one who put me on the path to graduate on time, but who also discerned my heart for healthcare and knew exactly which path to set me on. I will never forget her name, Ms. Dudek.
From the moment I expressed interest in becoming a surgeon and rattled on about my aspirations to go to med school, I remember Ms. Dudek pulling out a four-year, eight-semester template card and meticulously handwriting all of my required and elective classes to not only obtain one but two certifications at graduation. My freshman year I took Medical Terminology; sophomore year, I took Health Science I; junior year, Health Science II: Certified Nursing Assistant (pending my acceptance); and Health Science II: Pharmacy Technician (pending my acceptance). Ms. Dudek did a lot for my education, which I had very little understanding of at the time, but now am grateful for. Her wisdom and generosity are what got me here.
If I was to ever write a book a large chapter would be dedicated to my high school experience and to Ms. Dudek because one of the greatest trials I’ve ever face occurred at that time in my life. If it had not been for God’s hand in aligning our lives I couldn’t say that I would be where I am today. One day I will share the entirety of my story, but for now, the important highlights of what I have to say are being shared through this and subsequent posts to follow.