Cancer sets survivor on career path

first_imgThe amputee support group meets on the second Thursday of every month at Collier’s Prosthetics, 5115 N.E. 94th Ave. Call 503-702-8304 or email [email protected] Jensen admits to being stubborn.“I get a goal in my mind, and I stick with it,” the 25-year-old said. “I don’t change too much.”She paused.“As you can see,” she said, grinning.It’s easy to see nothing can dissuade Jensen from her goals. Not pain. Not cancer. Not multiple surgeries. Not even the loss of a limb.The young woman just graduated from Clark College’s nursing program, despite the fact that she was diagnosed with a bone cancer shortly before she got her high school diploma. Jensen has wanted to be a nurse since grade school; the illness only sharpened her focus on which kind of patients she wants to help.A broken ankleIn the summer after her junior year in high school, Jensen went to New York City with other students from Vancouver’s I Have A Dream program. The students were from poor neighborhoods and had received support since elementary school to stay on the path toward a college degree.During the trip to the Big Apple, Jensen noticed her right ankle was slightly swollen and tender. The swelling didn’t go away. The pain got worse. Finally, an X-ray showed she’d broken her ankle. She was fitted with a walking cast and sent home.last_img

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