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Life is what happens when you make other plans

  1. 15 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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  3. Visit  HM2VikingRN profile page
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    Wonderful!
  4. Visit  BrnEyedGirl profile page
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    You go girl!!! Way to go,....what many many blessings you have in your life!!yeah:
  5. Visit  NurseCard profile page
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    Congratulations!!!!! Lots of luck as you begin your new career!
  6. Visit  YellowFinchFan profile page
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    Nice post - Congratulations! You'll have alot to be proud of and happy about ...good luck in your NEW career!!!
  7. Visit  grandee3 profile page
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    Pass the kleenex please! Best of luck to you.
  8. Visit  gr8rnpjt profile page
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    That is awesome! Kudo's to you!

    Your title reminds me of that John Lennon song...
  9. Visit  rnmomtobe2010 profile page
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    I could not have done that!! You are that phenomenal woman that Maya Angelou talks about!!!
  10. Visit  denise0815 profile page
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    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. Visit  grandee3 profile page
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    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. Visit  SAHMBACK2SCHOOL profile page
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    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. Visit  WDW4ever profile page
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    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. Visit  Dcrane profile page
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    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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