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