UNR grad accepts oncology nursing job on 5-year cancer-free anniversary
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - It was July 2015, the summer before Haley Carroll’s senior year at Wooster High School.
“I started not feeling well, having headaches and stomach aches, a fever. so I went to the doctor, they thought it was just the flu,” Haley Carroll, a cancer survivor and Renown Oncology Nurse said.
After multiple tests and scans, unfortunately, it turned out to be a lot worse.
Carroll added, “They couldn’t officially diagnose me at renown so I was care flighted to UCSF children’s hospital, and then on July 15, 2015, I officially got the diagnosis with Burkitt Lymphoma.”
Life quickly changed for Carroll and her family. She had surgery to remove a tumor on her intestines and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy.
“It was so surreal like, wondering how could this happen to me,” Carroll said.
On December 2, 2015, Carroll was pronounced cancer-free. She went on to finish her senior year of high school and then went on to pursue nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Carroll added, “I had always been interested in being a nurse but after being a patient and seeing everything that my nurses had done for me and my family; they weren’t just there medically, they were there emotionally. So just seeing that really made me interested in nursing.”
Five years later, Carroll graduated with a UNR nursing degree earlier this month. If that wasn’t enough to celebrate, she accepted an oncology nursing job at Renown on her 5-year cancer-free anniversary.
“I survived so that I can become a nurse and help other people.”
She says she’s looking forward to forming relationships with patients, just like the nurses did with her, and she’s not letting COVID-19 get in her way.
“I do think it motivates me, even more, to give back,” Carroll said, “I know they really need healthcare workers right now so I’m happy to be there to help.”
Carroll’s journey proves that no matter what you’re going through, with strength, support, and determination, you can conquer the world.
Carroll tentatively starts working at Renown on February 22, 2021. She hopes to become a pediatric oncology nurse someday.
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