Life is what happens when you make other plans

  1. I graduated from high school 11 years ago and went to school to become an accountant. 1 semester before graduating with my bachelors in accounting I decided that it wasn't for me. I had 2 children and put my efforts into caring for my children. I also worked for piddly wages as a bank teller. I kept telling my husband that I felt that I was supposed to be a nurse. He was less than supportive because I had already racked up an impressive amount of school loans in a career that I decided not to pursue. Finally, we decided that I should start doing prerequisites part-time. It was during my last few weeks of A & P that I had a miscarriage. This was a surprise baby, but definitely not an unwanted one. I had a hard time because I was just so angry that my baby had been taken away from me.

    I started nursing school 8 months after my miscarriage. I was so happy about my future career, and I decided that having another child would have to wait until after nursing school. Then over Christmas break, I found out that I was pregnant again. It was almost exactly a year since my miscarriage. My emotions were immediately in conflict. I wanted another baby so bad, but on the other hand how could I handle nursing school while pregnant and with a preschooler and toddler at home already. I remember sitting in the bathtub crying my eyes out while my husband was absolutely elated. I was just so scared that it wouldn't be possible to finish school and that I would have to drop out.

    Nursing school was hard, but I had an awesome group of classmates who gave me so much encouragement. I also had some awesome teachers who told me "yes, you can do it" when they noticed that I was getting exhausted and discouraged. To them I am ever thankful. And to the ones who were less than encouraging, I am also thankful because it made me want to prove them wrong.

    My daughter was born this last October. One of my fellow students was at clinicals on L & D and was in the room when she was born. Even though I was exhausted, I went back to school the day after I got out of the hospital. It was challenge to balance mommyhood with school. Especially when I had to leave my newborn to go out of town for my Psych clinicals. But I made it, and now I am graduating on May 9th at the top of my class. The best part is that I am going to have my husband and three beautiful little girls in the audience watching me get pinned.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   HM2VikingRN
    Wonderful!
  4. by   BrnEyedGirl
    You go girl!!! Way to go,....what many many blessings you have in your life!!yeah:
  5. by   NurseCard
    Congratulations!!!!! Lots of luck as you begin your new career!
  6. by   YellowFinchFan
    Nice post - Congratulations! You'll have alot to be proud of and happy about ...good luck in your NEW career!!!
  7. by   grandee3
    Pass the kleenex please! Best of luck to you.
  8. by   gr8rnpjt
    That is awesome! Kudo's to you!

    Your title reminds me of that John Lennon song...
  9. by   rnmomtobe2010
    I could not have done that!! You are that phenomenal woman that Maya Angelou talks about!!!
  10. by   denise0815
    That is a wonderful and inspiring story. You have so much to be proud of!
    I have concerns about going back to school at 37, with two children...and being a single mom.
    But I have to say this site is a wonderful support group, and being able to read stories like yours has given me inspiration.
    Best of luck to you! Congratulations!!
  11. by   grandee3
    Quote from denise0815
    That is a wonderful and inspiring story. You have so much to be proud of!
    I have concerns about going back to school at 37, with two children...and being a single mom.
    But I have to say this site is a wonderful support group, and being able to read stories like yours has given me inspiration.
    Best of luck to you! Congratulations!!
    Grad NS at 49y/o
  12. by   SAHMBACK2SCHOOL
    Your story is so inspiring. I just recently went back to school taking prereqs for RN. At 32, I already 2 have kids, ages 4 and 1 and I am giving a lot of thought if I want to have to have another baby soon before I start the nursing program. Reading your story inspires me and made me realized that it is doable. Thanks!
  13. by   WDW4ever
    What an excellent, inspirational post!! You are truly a role model - congratulations on your achievements, for sticking with it, and for making it work in the face of some tough challenges!
  14. by   Dcrane
    OMG! This is a great post-I feel the same way-I have a degree in Psychology and am into my MBA-I can't do it-I love health care and I'm trying to get the courage to do what I want to-nursing-wow pass the kleenex-you are an inspiration-thank you

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