Maria, a breast cancer survivor, was inspired to become an oncology nurse after finishing her own treatment for breast cancer.
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Maria: Well, I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. And I've been a nurse since 1996. I was diagnosed and I have a lumpectomy and mostly chemotherapy. And my nodes are negative. Anyway, about a year after I finished my treatment, the office where I have my treatment, called and asked if I would be interested in coming to work there. So now, I was inspired about my cancer experience at the office where I had treatment to be an oncology nurse. So now, I give chemotherapy to cancer patients. So that’s my story. What advice do you have for other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer? Maria: I would have to say you know there was an advantage of the support of your family and friends. I got a lot of support and comfort from talking about it a lot. There are so many people out there that you would never know that they’ve been through it themselves. Also, just take it one at a time; don’t look too far in the future. You know, just feel confident in your healthcare providers and just take it one day at a time.