This is my first posting. I have wanted to be a nurse since my senior year in college, but I decided to finish my B.S. in Biology, and then pursue nursing thereafter. I started my prereq. classes for the nursing program in Fall of 2001. Shortly thereafter, my Dad was diagnosed with inoperable cholangiocarcinoma (only 47 yrs. old!) Cancer does not discriminate.
I dropped my prereq. to spend time with my family. It is an understatement to say that it is the most difficult thing that I've every had to deal with.
My Dad was a trouper though, and he responded well at first to the chemo and dealt with his biliary tubes and many infections. He got really sick though, last March, and was sent home from the hospital on hospice care. The doctors said that there was nothing more that they could do. He passed away a week later.
I continued with my prereq. courses and am finishing up my last one this semester. Hopefully, I'll be starting the nursing program in the Fall, and one of my interests is in oncology nursing.
I'm sure that there has to be someone out there in this field who has had a close family member succumb to the effects of cancer. How do you deal with your job everyday, and is it emotionally draining? Is it feasible for someone with my personal background to survive in this specialization?
I just want to be able to give the kind of support and care that my Dad had to someone who is in his same position.
Sorry so long.
Thanks for the help!