“I’ll never forget the day I graduated as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, August 26, 2016. It was such a relief to not have to worry about the next test or lab practical, but it was also a moment of truth. It was time to find that dream job and hope that I would live up to everyone’s high expectations. Well, the truth of the matter is that I was without work for 3 months and it was difficult, but I didn’t stop looking, applying and networking. What worked for me most was the networking. I attended every job fair and spoke to as many people as possible. I got a call one day from Blake Medical Center to set up a job interview, but I had never applied so I was confused. It so happened that the Director from Student Services at the Keiser University in Sarasota forwarded my resume to the Director of Human Resources at Blake. After my 3 hour interview, I waited about a week to be offered the position and I immediately said – yes. But there is one more thing. The week of my orientation, I was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage III. I started my chemo right after the New Year and I was afraid it would affect my work, but it never did. I have a few more treatments left and so far my results are showing resolution of lymphadenopathy, which means I should be all done by June 2017. I have been working for 4 months now and still feel like I made the best decision of getting out of the U.S. Navy to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. I hope my story serves as one of hope and inspiration for you.”