Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.

It started when I was six years old. I was fresh out of kindergarten when I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. I endured 14 treatments over 10 months. Within that time, I had all but an inch removed of my humerus. It was replaced with a lengthening prosthetic, leaving me with very limited mobility. I couldn’t lift my arm halfway, and I didn’t have a rotator cuff. The doctors screwed the cadaver shoulder into my scapula, and I was only able to lift my arm by moving my scapula and bending my back. I met so many nurses during that time that they became a second family to me. Melisa, my favorite nurse, was the brightest person in the hospital. She made me feel comfortable around anything that would be terrifying to a six-year-old, especially port sticks. She made a huge impact on my stay. Today, one of my nurses is now one of my professors at school!
Within seven years, my prosthetic humerus broke. The broken metal was pinching my muscles, and I was slowly losing my already limited mobility. When I was a sophomore in high school, I had The James Cancer Center replace my arm once again. I now have a total reverse shoulder, with my right fibula grafted to the inch of my original humerus. When I was still in the hospital after my surgery, the surgeon came to see how everything was doing. Dr. Scharschmidt lifted my arm and rotated the shoulder in a full circle. I started to cry and I turned to my mom and said, “It doesn’t hurt. My arm just moved like that for the first time since first grade.” I looked around and saw my doctor, mother, and late father crying some of the happiest tears that I have ever seen.
Up until I had my second reconstruction surgery, I didn’t think I could become a nurse. Now that I know I can be a nurse at the hospital that saved my life, I could not ask for anything more. I want to use my story to inspire those little kids fighting cancer that it is possible to beat the fight and still follow your dreams.

Morgan from Ohio
College Freshman
Xavier University