Cambridge College Student Perspectives: Why I Became a Radiation Therapist Student

Life is a journey full of obstacles, difficult decisions, trying moments and heart breaking experiences.  I decided to study radiation therapy after unexpectedly finding myself without a job.  One I’ve given up several years ago in order to raise a family.  I wanted to do something my daughters could feel proud about me.  I have always been a caring and nurturing individual, and this field will give me the chance to help those who are in need while fighting cancer.  At the same time, I could always tell my daughters, that it is never too late to accomplish whatever we set our minds and hearts in life.

I can’t say going to college was ever in my plans but the love for my daughters pushed me to accomplish something I never thought I would or could reach.  It has been two long years, full of sleepless nights, a lot of stress and times when I didn’t think I was going to make it.  But here I am, almost at the end of this journey and feeling extremely happy and with a great sense of accomplishment.

I have also met some wonderful people in the field and some lasting friendships along the way.   While I have been working towards acquiring experience in this field, the most important experience I have accomplished so far, is how resilient people can be when facing adversity.  Cancer is an ugly and devastating disease, but I have also been able to see the beauty of some people’s souls rise above it.

Graduating as a Radiation Therapist is giving me a sense of worthiness, because I have been feeling that my life had none.  During clinic internship as a radiation therapist, seeing people fighting cancer and seeing their attitude, for the most part a very positive one considering what their fight entails.  Made me realized that I dwell on things that are insignificant.  And I feel so happy that I can be a small part in their journey.

Saturday May 20th, 2017, will be one of the most exciting days in my life as I walk to receive this degree.  And my only thought will be “I did this for you, to my daughters Grace and Sophia” I love you more than words can express, you girls are my world, and the force that pushes me forward when I feel I can’t anymore.

– Sara D. Lanza
Radiation Therapist, Cambridge College