Former Child Cancer Patient now Nurse in Same Hospital she was Treated


jessica-lewisA young nurse is giving hope to child cancer patients in the very place that saved her life. 22-year-old Jessica Lewis beat cancer three times as a child, each time at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Lewis says her personal experience and her fight against childhood cancer inspired her to become a nurse and return to the place where it all began.

Jessica was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour, a form of kidney cancer, at the young age of 6, and was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital – she did not just beat the cancer once, but three times!

Recognised year after year as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the 216-bed Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a non-profit organisation. The Hospital relies on charitable donations to provide world-class care for all children in the region.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital opened in 1955,  with the aid of an initial $500,000 donation from the Wolfson Family Foundation, as a place for all children to be admitted and treated without regard to creed, religion, race or financial position – a mission that remains today.

After years of surgeries and treatments, Jessica’s time at Wolfson Children’s Hospital eventually came to an end when she went into remission.

When I was in remission completely, I told myself I didn’t want to go back into the hospital,” she said. “I didn’t want to work there, I didn’t want to think about it.

But now, she’s giving back to the hospital that saved her life.

 

 

Jessica recently became a registered nurse at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and she even works with some of the nurses and doctors who took care of her when she was a patient.

Being at Wolfson was probably the best thing that could have happened to me because it inspired me to eventually become a nurse.” she said.

 

 

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This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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