Madison's Lymphoma Story: Adult Oncology Patient Now Working as a Nurse at Cincinnati Children’s
Even before her cancer diagnosis (see original story below), Madison, then 21, knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine – possibly in surgery.
But then she began her lymphoma chemotherapy treatment and while on the oncology floor she became close with one particular nurse who also had had cancer.
“She really made an impact on my life and I realized one day—when my mom and I were driving to clinic—that I wanted to be that person for someone else,” said Madison.
And today, Madison is that someone else. She graduated from The Christ College of Nursing in April 2022 and in June began working as a nurse on the hematology / oncology unit at Cincinnati Children’s
“Working on the unit is so inspiring, even though I was a patient myself,” said Madison. “We have our hard days but it is also very rewarding that I can be a light in these patients lives.”
She recalls the first day she shared her personal cancer story with a patient.
“It felt so good being able to help ease their minds and answer questions that they haven’t been able to really ask anyone else,” said Madison.
“It made me realize that I was exactly where I was meant to be with my nursing career.”
She’s also right where she’s meant to be with her ongoing cancer treatment. While her tumor is gone, Madison, now 27, is still a patient at Cincinnati Children’s. She comes for yearly checkups and every other year for an echocardiogram.
Among her hobbies, Madison enjoys reading books and taking her dog, Lilo, on walks. She and her sister, MacKenzie, still run the turkey trot every year. Madison is now able to run entire course.
Thankful for all the support she’s received over the years, Madison shared advice for cancer patients who are going through treatment.
“If I could back in time to when I was first being diagnosed, somethings I would tell myself is to not take things for granted, appreciate what you have, live in the moment, and enjoy the time you have with your friends and family,” she said.
“I would not have gotten through my cancer journey if it weren’t for my amazing family and friends.”
(Update published September 2022)