Finally going to GRADUATE

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by CockatooMom, May 8, 2008.

  1. CockatooMom

    CockatooMom New Member

    After 4 years of HARD work, my husband leaving me for another woman, finding my father after he shot himself in the head, dealing with his death 2 weeks after that, and enduring the incredible pain and daily struggles all of you can relate to because of FM...I finally did it!

    I passed my last final and will be graduating from Penn State's nursing program May 17th!

    Thank you to all of you who have been there for me over the years and continued to support me even when I thought there was no way I could do this!

    I wanted to share my happiness with you all! God bless.

  2. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member


    A BIG congratulations to you on your upcoming graduation. I also have an RN degree but that was long ago and haven't worked in I can't tell you how long ago that was.

    It is hard enough to get through in normal circumstances and you did it under many difficult ones. You should be VERY proud of yourself, sweetie!! That is so wonderful !!!

    God bless you and may you have s wonderful life with your newly gotten and hard fought for degree.

    You deserve lots of BIG PATS ON THE BACK for all your hard efforts.

    Blessings and hugs,.

    [This Message was Edited on 05/09/2008]
  3. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Bravo.......that is incredibly wonderful news and I'm so proud of you.

    I know it's been really tough at times but you stuck with it and did it....the prize is now yours.


  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member


    Can your bird say "Mama's a Nurse"?

    Do you think you'll be able to work full time? Are there lots of jobs in Penn?

    Best of luck.

  5. fibromickster

    fibromickster New Member

    That is awesome, way to go. Congratulations!!!!

    My daughter is staring Nursing school in the Fall to get her BSN and then her Master's.

    I am so happy for you "E", give yourself a big pat on the back, you definetly deserve it.
  6. Toga

    Toga Member

    I second and third all the congratulations.

  7. stick2013

    stick2013 Member

    But I want to say CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done. You must be very proud of yourself......
  8. sisland

    sisland New Member

    What an Achievment!,,,,,Congratulations!,,,Hope you Get a high $ Nursing job!,,,,,,,Sis
  9. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    This is indeed a great achievement and you are right to be proud you did this despite incredible odds.

    I had a friend years ago, who was in a rather similar position. We all urged her to go to community college for CNA, she almost backed out, then she went on to do RN and guess what she is a doctor now!!! She was 34 when she went back to school too.

    So way to go. Good luck and God Bless.

  10. doloresf1

    doloresf1 New Member

    Congtatulations!!! You deserve a standing ovation! Best wishes for a very happy and successful future.

  11. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    What an awesome acccomplishment!! You should be very proud of yourself!!! I hope you attend graduation, I can guarantee you it will be the happiest day of your life!!

    Congrats again--


  12. ckball

    ckball New Member

    That is wonderful and you should be so proud of yourself. I know you had your doubts at time but hung in there and look where you are. Right on top.

    Nurses are very special people, my best freind was a nurse in the cancer unitl for 30 years, I lost her last year to hepitistist, watch those needles.

    I am so happy for your and you need to celebrate your success. DO something special just for you, maybe a nice massage or day at the spa. God bless you-Carla
  13. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    First, congratulations for accomplishing such a worthy goal. I'm really very proud of you.

    Second, I want you to take good care of yourself. you have had to push so hard to accomplish this goal in the face of such adversity. Now your body is going to try to relax. Please give it the opportunity to do so. When you are in the thick of such stress, you keep forcing your body to proceed forward. Once all the stress is gone, sometimes your body starts to let you know all the stuff you have been pushing down inside of you. So give your body time to heal. You have been through so much.
  14. mrdad

    mrdad New Member

    I remember your Posts well as you continued on through school!

    With all you had to personally endure, you overcame the odds!

    Congrats! You are indeed an inspiration to so many of us.

  15. CockatooMom

    CockatooMom New Member

    BIG HUGZ!!! And thank you for the congrats, kind words, and unconditional cyber love...

    It's been BUSY BUSY BUSY since I posted this with the pinning ceremony, country club dinner, graduation, and one grad party to attend.

    I also started a NCLEX-RN review class this Monday at Kaplan to prepare for my state boards. Thank heavens it's only 3 days a week and I don't have to spend 10 hours a day with my face in a book! LOL

    I am still trying to figure out what area I am going to work in because of not being able to do the heavy lifting that is required in some areas, and because I poop out so easily.

    I'm thinking psychiatric nursing maybe...but I'm not sure. I've been praying about it. I like emergency medicine too, but just don't know. The fibro fog scares me sometimes too.

    I do not think I am going to be able to work full-time. The past four years of school have been HORRIBLE for my FM/CFS. I will be looking into part-time work first. And will be going back for my BSN. (Am I crazy?) YEP!

    It's SO GREAT to hear from all of you! I hope to be online a little more now that I'm out of school!

    Luv you guyz!

    [This Message was Edited on 05/21/2008]
  16. kellygirl

    kellygirl Member

    Congratulations....and you couldn't have picked a better career choice. You will always find employment and it is a rewarding field.

    That is wonderful news!
  17. springwater

    springwater Active Member

    Cockatoomom -

    I am awed at how much you have gone through in such a short time and still got the grit and guts to study AND graduate!!! Many others (including myself) might have fallen down in a heap and never got up.

    Hats off to you and wishing you all the happiness and success you deserve...bravo.

    God Bless
  18. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I'm sure you have been busy with all you've accomplished lately.

    Just wanted to offer a suggestion... my sister is a nurse, and has been for about 30 years. She recently had some health problems and back surgery so she can no longer lift patients as well.

    She works in a pre-surgical capacity. Not sure if it's out patient surgery or in but she gets them ready when they come in early in the morning.

    Something like this might be good for you too since I imagine it becomes routine after awhile.


  19. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    I had to add mine. They are well deserved.

    I think working for a physician who treated FM patients would be perfect for you. A nurse who understood what they were going through would be a Godsend to the patients and you might even teach the physician a thing or two. (Yes, I know there are not many FM specialist looking for a part-time nurse in your area, but I can dream, can’t I.)
  20. CockatooMom

    CockatooMom New Member

    I have thought about working for a rheumy specialist! And that is still a goal! You are right...and what better way to give people like us the care we deserve!

    Same day surgery may be an option also (thanks!)

    I have to tell you all too, that I have reconnected with a guy I dated 20 years ago. His name is Kevin. I feel my father brought us together because had he not told me that Kevin said "Hello" when he did, we would not be together now.

    He helped me through my father's death and he WANTS to learn more about my FM/CFS and Bi-polar blessed I am to have a caring, kind, and loving man like this in my life! He told me he is willing to be with me through the good and the bad and knows it won't be easy because of my health issues.

    Hey~ CHECK OUT THE NEW Profile PIC!!