• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Wife, Mother, Nurse — Brain Cancer Survivor

May 14, 2017

My world changed on April 11, 2013. It was a Thursday.

Before that day, I was a wife, a mother, an oncology nurse — things I was proud of and worked hard at being. I aimed to be the best version of myself that I could be every day.

My daughter Haylei was 4. My second child, a son, Landon was only 8 weeks old. I'd known my husband Justin since 2001, and the life we had been dreaming of since we were teenagers was becoming a reality.

But life tends to knock things out of focus sometimes.

As I prepared to go back to work after my maternity leave after Landon's birth, I had several episodes of nausea and vomiting, and severe headaches. Numerous doctor visits and several scans later, I learned I had a brain tumor. The irony was not lost of me as the oncology nurse who had spent the last five years caring for cancer patients at Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida. Read the rest of Nicole's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.