I am not an oncology nurse, nor do I plan to be one when I graduate. But several special oncology nurses in two hospitals helped me decide what I wanted to do with my life. My older sister passed away from leukemia three years ago, a year and a half after being dx. during this time there were ups and downs. remission, long stays in the hospital, outpatient chemo, etc. These nurses gave the most incredible care not only to my sister, but also to our family. My sister's husband and daughter became very close to these folks, as did my mother, who also spent vast amounts of time at the hospital. The professionalism, caring, concern, and sweet attitudes that they demonstrated continue to amaze me. My sister used to always say that when she got better she was going to go back to school to be an oncology nurse so that she could help others in the way that you nurses had helped her. A group of three women appeared at her calling, two in scrubs
. I asked them if they had been her nurses. I proceeded to hug them all and thank them for the wonderful care they gave my sister. They cried right along with our family and friends. I cannot wait to be a nurse (one more year), but I do not feel that I am "special" enough to be an oncology nurse. I am new to this site, and wanted to tell you all how special you folks truly are. Many thank you's from the bottom of my heart.