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Profession of childhood cancer survivors

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I wonder whether having had cancer as a child, makes people want to be doctors, nurses, lab technicians or any other health profession.

I had leukemia as a child and am now working in a lab doing medical analysis. I chose that job because I wanted to learn more about leukemia (what it was exactly, how it was treated and what blood was made of).

Are there any others who chose a medical profession?
It would be interesting to know what profession all of you are doing (medical and non medical professions).

Thanks for the replies

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I had leukemia as child too and I want to work with pediatric cancer survivors to help them prepare for college. I plan on getting my Masters in Higher Education while hopefully working at ACS or another cancer charity.

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Hey I had cancer at 13 and always felt music really helped me through it. So I am planing on going to school to become a music therapist for children with cancer during and post treatment.

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Hi, I was diagnosed with a PNET/Ewing's sarcoma when I was 14. After finishing treatments, I knew there was no way I would be content with being an accountant, so I decided to become a radiation therapist (mainly because it didn't involve administering chemo). It's difficult sometimes, especially when dealing with palliative patients, but I love every minute of it!
(I realize this topic is almost 2 years old, but I relatively new around here.)

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