Letter: Inspired to positive attitude
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Lately it seems as though many people I know are going through some sort of hardship. Whether it’s finances, unemployment, marriage difficulties, etc., everyone is in the fight of their life. After reading the April 12 Columbian story “Cancer sets survivor on career path,” about Christina Jensen’s story of hope and determination, I now believe that the attitudes we choose to have in the midst of difficulties truly determine our fate.
Many people would have given up on their dream to become a nurse after finding out they had cancer, not to mention going through extensive amounts of surgeries, rehab, prosthesis, and all the while continuing her education. Jensen is truly a heroic example of how people can overcome any challenge life throws their way. There really is no excuse for anyone to toss their arms up and surrender when life throws them a curve.
I have recently begun nursing school after having a baby and know first-hand how challenging and time consuming nursing school can be. We all need a paradigm shift every now and then and Jensen’s story absolutely put things in a new perspective for me. Nothing I am facing in my life could possibly be as difficult as what Jensen endured to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. I thank her for the inspiration.