Former Child Cancer Patient now Nurse in Same Hospital she was Treated
A 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.
Posted on 9 January, 2017, in Blog, Videos and tagged cancer, Cancer Survivor, cancer treatment, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, paediatric cancer, pediatric cancer awareness. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.