“I feel my occupation has been a positive experience. I have met a lot of beautiful people along the way and learned a lot about myself and others.”
Christine Clark is from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and has been a nurse for ten years.
Of her time as a nurse, Christine says, “The fondest memory I have of being on the job is the fun I have with my coworkers, patients, and Doctors. I love knowing I have made a difference in people’s lives. Even when I have left positions or jobs, these people, students, patients, clients, coworkers, doctors, and instructors have stayed in touch with me, and that lets me know I’ve made an impact in their lives. I feel my occupation has been a positive experience for me. I have met a lot of beautiful people along the way and learned a lot about myself and about others. I gain knowledge and confidence daily. I love helping people in need, and I know that will never change.”
Nursing is Life
Mrs. Clark tells Homes for Heroes that as a child she always saw herself growing up and being someone who helped others. “I have always wanted to be either a nurse or a teacher or to find somehow a way to incorporate both. I enjoy helping others and everything about medicine. My mother is also a nurse, and she inspired me. My mom has always been there for me. We are really close, and we spend a lot of time together. Throughout the years, my mom has been extremely supportive. She is a very kind and giving person. My dad has given me great advice along the way, and I am also very close to him. He is a generous and loving man. I am lucky in so many ways, and one of them is because God gave me great step parents and I love them very much. We have a great relationship. My family is my priority. I can’t imagine life without any of them. I’m surrounded by love every day.”
Her mother describes her as, “Compassionate, loving, caring and thoughtful. She is generous and giving, personable and intelligent. Christine is funny and loves making the people around her laugh.” Her friends say, “Christine is a very caring person. She gives of herself without asking for anything in return. She’s kind, sensitive, and dependable. She is absolutely the type of person to put others first, and wouldn’t hesitate to give you the shirt off of her back.”
Christine is a single mother to her son, Nick, who is 20-years-old and a junior at Ohio State in Athens, Ohio. Nick will be graduating next year with a degree in business. Of her son, Christine says, “I did not encourage my son to follow in my footsteps. I asked if he wanted to do anything with medicine, but I did not push it. I have always encouraged my son to do what is in his heart and not to do what others want him to do. I want him to follow his heart and do something he truly enjoys. I will always support him in any of his dreams and aspirations. My son and I are extremely close; he is an amazing son. He is respectful, intelligent and has a big heart. ”
Christine has devoted ten years of her life to serving others, and while Christine loves her job as a nurse, she tells Homes For Heroes that her job is not always easy. The most challenging aspect of Christine’s job, she says is: “Losing a patient is by far the most difficult part of my job as a nurse. I spend a lot of time thinking about it. I try always to remember that I did what I could while the patient was there and it was simply their time. I try not to take it home with me, but it is hard. It’s never easy to lose a patient, and each loss is something that I struggle with.”
She describes herself as a “glass half full person.” ” I love being a positive person and not a negative Nelly. I try to always put a positive spin on everything. The glass is not half empty. I don’t see it that way at all. I have to remind myself daily that God has a plan and it’s not in our control. We can’t wonder why things are going the way they are. God has this. My favorite quotes or mantras are, believe and have faith. I have Christ in my heart, and it seems like everytime things are going wrong, if I just sit in peace and meditate on those two things, believe and have faith, things get better for me and I can refocus on what needs to be done.”
Christine is currently taking online courses for her master’s degree at Indiana University. She hopes to one day become a counselor, although for right now she says, “I want to continue being a nurse. I like helping people, always have good advice, and I can see myself loving a career in counseling.”
In her free time, she is looking forward to traveling more, and says, “I want to visit Germany and Italy. My favorite place I have visited so far was Mexico. I had a lot of fun. I had never been to Mexico before, and my whole family went, and we had a perfect time.”
Of her future, she adds, “I’ve also been a massage therapist for over 20 years. I travel to my client’s homes currently, and I am excited to expand my business. I would love to one day open up my own office space.”
“Homes for Heroes has helped me realize there are still good people out there, and I found a new family in this great group. They helped me get my home, and I couldn’t be happier with it. They were great people to work with and went above and beyond what I could have ever expected. They were helpful, and fun throughout the entire process.”
Thank you, Christine, for all that you do, it was our pleasure to serve you.
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