When you have five kids under the age of 12 and a new business that requires your undivided attention, it’s easy to lose yourself. I can feel it creeping up on me sometimes, in between soccer practice and the sixth client of the day. Amid the seemingly endless list of people who want and need things from me, forgetting myself could become an unfortunate byproduct of a chaotic life. But getting here hasn’t been easy, so I’m not going to give in to the temptation. Not now, when everything I’ve worked for is right in front of me.
I grew up with loving parents and a younger brother, and even though my mom was a maternity nurse, and I loved and admired her profession, it wasn’t until college that I decided to become a nurse myself. I took a job at a camp for kids with special needs during the summer after my freshman year at LaSalle University, and I realized then that I wanted a career that had something to do with taking care of children. I found that the nursing profession and caring for little ones came very naturally to me, so I wanted to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.