32 Year Old Epileptic Nurse Looking For Government Education Grants
by Ranee LeBlanc
(Anderson, MO, USA)
I am a 32-year-old epileptic nurse looking for a government education grant to get the training I need to make a career change.
I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2006. I have been to numerous doctors and tried several medications. While my seizures have greatly improved, the stress of being a nurse antagonizes my epilepsy.
It makes me angry that I always have to worry that I am going to hurt one of my patients, if I have a seizure at work. I also have to have a sharp mind; the medication I take sometimes prevents me from doing medication dosage calculations.
I also have to have a good night's sleep, which can be unheard of in the medical profession. I am so torn about leaving the medical field because I love taking care of and nurturing people.
Then I began to examine my life and my nursing career, my favorite patients have been my special needs kids and adults. I would like to pursue a degree in special education and/or early childhood special education. I was a volunteer in my daughter's ECSE classroom and loved every minute of it.
I would like to get a government grant to go to school because I would have to cut down the number of hours I work or quit altogether if I go back to school due to the stress (which could cause more seizures) of working and going to school.
I simply could not afford to go to school, if I quit working. I am the major provider for my family. My husband does work; however, we live in SW Missouri and income for him is limited since he does not have a college degree.
A government education grant or any equivalent form of assistance would make such a difference.