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