I wanted to share this story with you in celebration of this upcoming weekend where many of us will honor our loved ones during Race for the Cure and Mother's Day.
This is the story of a local woman who could have given up on life, but instead has made it her mission to help others. She is a mother, cancer survivor, and now a graduate of Idaho State University-Meridian.
Here's Kate Brusse's story in her own words:
"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 5 years ago, I was 33 weeks pregnant with my triplets. One of my first thoughts that morning was wondering if I would still be around to see my children start kindergarten.
This fall, I will have 5 years of survivorship, and my children Claret, Treysen, and Jumelle will be starting kindergarten. Not only that, I have just finished my journey to become a nurse! It has been a challenging 5 years, and my family has sacrificed a lot to believe in my dreams.
I began to be inspired to become a nurse because of the skilled and compassionate care I experienced during my 12 weeks of bed rest in the Antepartum Unit at St. Luke's. In the days following my cancer diagnosis, I met the nurse who influenced me the most, the late Jan Goodner.
Jan was a breast-cancer survivor and lactation consultant in St. Luke's NICU. She modeled the concepts I love about nursing: autonomy and confidence in advocating for the patient, impeccable ethics and professionalism, holism, and compassion. She empowered me to heal in the face of illness. This remarkable nurse died of breast cancer a year later.
Even though I was about to have my last surgery and chemo treatments, it was then that I felt called to the profession of nursing, and I began the prerequisite courses a few months later. It was in Jan's memory that I gave the best academic effort of my life as I became a nurse. I want to help people distinguish between their disease process and their illness experience. I believe people can evolve and grow in spite of illness.
When I cannot change or control something that has happened, I refocus my energy on actions directed at a positive outcome. In life and as a nurse, I believe you can turn the worst thing that ever happened to you into the best thing that ever happened to you."
Thank you Kate for sharing your story and from one mom to another, Happy Mother's Day!