I finally figured out what I want to be when I "grow up"!!

By vgarrison Latest Reply 2010-08-09 19:17:04 -0500
Started 2010-08-08 10:48:58 -0500

I just turned 30 a couple of weeks ago, and I figured now is the best time as any to go back to school and get a "big girl job"

I am going to get my nursing and then my CDE (certified diabetes educator). If I had never become diabetic I may still be wondering what i want to do with my life. I guess its like the child that gets very sick growing up to be a doctor or a drug addict becoming sober and becoming a drug abuse counselor.

As much as I detest being diabetic, at least it has in a way helped me see a brighter future!!!!


15 replies

RAYT721 2010-08-08 20:22:41 -0500 Report

Wanna hear a funny true story? I was recently thinking about starting a discussion here about what people wanted to do with their futures. At 52 I am a little too old to pursue a professional degreed program of study but for you "kids" with time on your side, it truly is wise to consider the next 30-40 years of your working life should be doing something that you enjoy. I would say anything in the medical field is something to look into because there will always be sick people. Don't just dream it, DO IT!!! Please keep us posted on your progress and I am sure that I speak for many members here that wish you well. You CAN make a difference!!!

lizzylady1 2010-08-08 16:55:40 -0500 Report

Great idea. I loved having an educator that actually had dealt with the disease. I think its a huge help. Good luck with college!!!

GabbyPA 2010-08-08 15:32:32 -0500 Report

That is fantastic! One of my diabetes educators was a type 1 and that really helps when you want to relate to your students. It also instills a trust that they will lead you down the better path. So that is just fantastic. Now....do you get some of your prerequisite credits for already BEING a diabetic? LOL

MAYS 2010-08-08 13:51:47 -0500 Report

Thumbs Up !
Here's to success in all that you pursue in life, reach for the stars!


monkeymama 2010-08-08 13:00:03 -0500 Report

congratulations!!! Once all of my kids were in school, I decided it was my time and I was ready to go back to college. There is no age limit to going to college. I am in working on my Nursing Degree right now. I begin my clinicals as of next fall…FINALLY. It is GREAT you know specifically where in nursing you also want to be working. There are plenty of nurses who never figure that out. My major goal is to be a Special Needs Case Manager for special needs children and their families with a under study/focus in pediatric diabetic educator and Neonatal/OB. Once something medically becomes a part of your life somewhere. People in nursing sometimes tend to follow that. Here's a few tips coming from another nursing student (and diabetic): 1) Make sure you study hard for the TEAS (testing of essential academic skills - if college requires this before clinicals) and watch out for those LATE NIGHT study sessions and snacking. The snacking thing has become a little of a struggle for me. best of wishes to you in your quest for your nursing degree. The rewards in the end will be amazing.

realsis77 2010-08-08 11:05:06 -0500 Report

Good for you! That sounds like a great job! You will really be able to relate to your patients! Follow your dreams! :) helping others is a very rewarding field to be in. I was in health care (dental) for 20 years and helping people is the most satisfying part of the job! Go for it!! :)

vgarrison 2010-08-08 11:11:55 -0500 Report

right now I work as a home caregiver for the elderly and I love it, but I know that as I get older and my diabetes progresses, I will need to have more of a "desk" job. I too love to help people (I have been a nurses aide as well as a EMT for years) and it is very rewarding, but I need to start to focus on me as well. Therefore I figure this will be a great compromise!

Thanks for you words of encouragement