For many CURE Childhood Cancer families, nurses become family. While they care for sick children, they also seem to find a way to care for their entire families. Nurses know the power of a kind word, a caring touch, a sympathetic ear. They probe the depth of the human condition – the strength and suffering of the body, mind, heart, and spirit.
During this Nurses’ Week, CURE celebrates our nurses, each of whom truly embodies the spirit of giving and caring at its finest, and is highlighting some of those who are helping our families each and every day.
Meet, Karen, a nurse who treats our families in South Georgia.
“I feel so honored to be spotlighted by CURE. Thank you for the opportunity to share my wonderful experiences with such special patients and families.
The majority of my nursing career has been spent on the Hematology/Oncology/BMT unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I worked there for 13 years as a senior staff/charge nurse. This is where I fell in love with such a very special patient population – children with cancer.
Children diagnosed with cancer and their families hold a special place in my heart. The long journey they go through with the fear and reality of diagnosis, the months or years of treatment, and the physical and emotional recovery is so inspiring. As a pediatric oncology nurse, I am so honored to be a part of that journey by helping educate and comfort the kids and their families in any way I can.
Over the years, I have had the privilege to witness how much strength and courage a child with cancer has. A great example of that strength is about a little 8 year old girl diagnosed with ALL who would occupy her time during her long hospital stays by making beautiful bracelets to raise money for other kids with cancer. Such an inspiration!”
Thank you, Karen, for all that you do for our children and families!