Registered nurse, Seattle Children's Cancer Care Unit
I got a summer job working at Seattle
Children’s Hospital after my sophomore
year in college. For those few months,
I was more at ease than I’d ever been.
I was born in Eritrea at the height
of a civil war, and I never knew peace
in my home country. I wasn’t sure if I
would survive from one day to the next
until my family fled to Sudan when I
My childhood taught me that if you
don’t have peace, you can’t function.
I felt such kinship with the medical
teams at Seattle Children’s who gave families
peace of mind when illness turned their
lives upside down. They inspired me
so much that I quit studying to be a
pilot and went to nursing school so I
could be part of the team on Seattle Children's Cancer Care Unit.
Twenty years ago, my summer job
changed the course of my life. Now, I
fight alongside incredibly brave
children and their families every day. I
do my best to give them hope, positive
energy and peace of mind.
I keep a note from a patient on my
refrigerator that says: “You took away
the fear of having chemo for the first
time.” Every morning when I see that
note, I’m grateful to be doing my
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Published in Connection magazine, April 2014