From patient to healthcare professional: BCIT student Ashley Verokosky shares her story

From patient to healthcare professional: BCIT student Ashley Verokosky shares her story



I've worked in shoe retail for the last 17 years I've always loved shoes because they spice up an outfit they give some enjoyment of the day they they give you something to smile about I loved selling shoes but I wanted something more rewarding so I looked into medical imaging and ended up in medical radiography I have always liked to help people but having my own health issues and knowing what it's like to be the patient gave me more of a drive to help patients prior to getting accepted into the program I had a car accident while having a seizure and a nurse witnessed and told me it was a seizure that's how I finally got on the path to diagnosing my epilepsy they've confirmed it was a benign brain tumor hearing that they're gonna cut out a piece of my brain and that my memory would be affected it all just seemed quite scary and I didn't know how much I would remember coming back or what I'd be like as a person after brain surgery waking up kind of felt like coming back from a seizure so in some ways it felt still kind of normal right away like the month after surgery I kind of dove right back in and I'd really fallen in love with the career I didn't want to just give up because I'd had brain surgery I received the Rick's family bursary in March getting that help and having some motivation to keep going with the program and finishing it really helps me I know what it's like to be a patient on that bed and the scared feeling and I find having been through that I'm better able to explain it even encourage them to continue on because I've been in their shoes you

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