Oncology Occupational Hazards

November 4, 2014 9:37 PM

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Oncology Occupational Hazards

I've learned a lot about life and humanity from working as a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology. Some of those lessons have undoubtedly made me a better person than who I was before I learned them. They shifted my perspective. They gave me insight I never would have had unless absolutely forced to find meaning.

Some of those lessons hardened my heart. What was once a soft, sensitive organ became fibrotic over time and exposure to misery. The scar tissue accumulated and formed stalactites. Faith suffered. Religion became ether. Or maybe that would've happened regardless of the career I chose and it's just c...

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