On May 3rd, 2010, I suffered a severe medical trauma. I was teaching a tap class and collapsed in front of my students. I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and blood clots, and spent one week in the hospital. Six months after the original event I was hospitalized for surgery to remove an IVC filter that had become embedded in my inferior vena cava.
Taken separately, these two hospitalizations would be cause for rethinking my life plans and working harder to make my time at the studio more beneficial for myself and for my students. Together they created a deep need to do something else. I spent the next five years unsure what that something else was supposed to be. All I knew was that I was restless and needed a change.
In May of 2015, I made the decision to return to school. I was still teaching at the time, but had the good fortune of nearly all my old credits transferring so I only needed to take the classes in my selected program. I am not entirely sure why I chose Human Services, but it was clearly the right decision because the first two classes I took in the 2015 Fall semester shone a light on the path I needed to take.
I am interested in working specifically with individuals who have experienced medical trauma such as pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke. Survivors may often deal with the same type of emotional stresses as those who have served in combat or been in vehicle accidents. I feel that my personal status as a survivor would provide a much-needed perspective on the emotional healing process.