Former cancer patient becomes nurse at Roswell

Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 07, 2015

It is not something you hear every day.

“I can't say enough about how cancer has positively impacted my life,” Corrie O’Hara said.

Corrie O'Hara, 30, got the devastating news she had cancer in 2004. "I got diagnosis that I had stage three Hodgkins Lymphoma."

She went through treatment, including chemotherapy, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She says it saved her life. “I was deemed to be in remission and I had no recurrences. I just had my 11-year checkup.”

The experience put her on the path toward her future. “I saw that the nurses were on the front line and there for you when you are sick,” O’Hara said.

She is now a nurse practitioner and her title is Doctor of Nursing Practice at Roswell. She cares for patients with all types of cancer.

“My experience, I really think it gives me an edge as a provider. I can really empathize with these patients when you get the devastating news, when your whole world has been turned upside down,” O’Hara said.

She hopes to use her illness as a way to make a positive different in lives of thousands of patients who walk through the door.

“A cancer diagnosis is the most isolating feeling because no one knows what you are going through except yourself and when I open up to these patients it helps,” O’Hara said.




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